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This Canadian Actor Just Called Out The Toronto Police After Hearing Racist Comments

The actor heard a cop shout on his way to a Blue Jays game.

Being the biggest city in Ontario, Toronto is known for the diversity of citizens it has. From Greektown to Little Malta and Koreatown, the unique nature of the city is very dependent on the multiculturalism of the city's residents. 

Now Canadian actor Andrew Phung, known for playing Kimchee on the CBC comedy "Kim's Convenience",  is calling out the Toronto Police after he heard an officer shouting racialized comments at a driver on Saturday. 

The actor was headed to a Toronto Blue Jay's game on Saturday and was walking back to the stadium after parking his car. While waiting for the pedestrian signal, Phung says that a person of colour hesitated while at an intersection due to a double set of traffic lights. 

He says that an on-duty police officer shouted at the driver to go through and after walking back to the crosswalk said: "if you can't drive, go back to your country." 

Phung says that he responded by yelling "that's not cool" but two white men on the sidewalk beside him then went on to say that it was "totally cool and if you can't drive go back to your f*cking country." 

As a comedian, Phung asked why they thought driving was part of having a citizenship. 

What was the biggest issue that the actor saw with the situation? That it was a police officer who instigated the racist comments. 

"They're the moral backbone of our community, they uphold the law. So when you see a police officer doing that, it empowered two other people to join in on that racism," Phung said. He also pointed out how easy it is to get confused in the city's traffic. 

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The Toronto Police issued a statement saying that they had gathered information about the incident and are going to be looking into it.

This behaviour is unacceptable to anyone but especially the police should be leading by example for the community they serve. 

Source: CBC, CTV 

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