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Black Lives Matter member's tweet causes firestorm

By Maryam Shah, Toronto Sun

Newstalk 1010 host and Toronto Sun columnist Jerry Agar posted a photo of a printout of a tweet he says is from the account of Yusra Khogali, whom he described as a co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto. 
The controversial tweet says: “Plz Allah give me strength to not cuss/kill these men and white folks out here today. Plz plz plz.”

Newstalk 1010 host and Toronto Sun columnist Jerry Agar posted a photo of a printout of a tweet he says is from the account of Yusra Khogali, whom he described as a co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto. The controversial tweet says: “Plz Allah give me strength to not cuss/kill these men and white folks out here today. Plz plz plz.”

A leader of Black Lives Matter Toronto reportedly tweeted a prayer to Allah for the strength to “not cuss/kill these men and white folks out here today” back in February.

On Tuesday, Newstalk 1010 host and Toronto Sun columnist Jerry Agar posted a photo of a printout of the tweet, which he says is from the account of Yusra Khogali, whom he described as a co-founder of the rights group.

The full message reads: “Plz Allah give me strength to not cuss/kill these men and white folks out here today. Plz plz plz.”

Agar says the message was removed from Khogali’s account after he tweeted about it. His printout indicates it was posted the morning of Feb. 9.

The Twitter account in question didn’t show any public tweets on Tuesday.

Agar’s post about the message drew hundreds of retweets and replies on Twitter, mostly attacking the young woman and the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Sun has tried to reach Khogali for an interview.

Toronto Police said they haven’t received any complaints about the tweet; if they did, they would investigate.

Black Lives Matter Toronto’s goal is to work “in solidarity with communities seeking justice from state-sanctioned violence.”

The group recently set up tents and protested outside Toronto Police headquarters on College St. for two weeks.

The protesters issued a series of demands, including a coroner’s inquest into the death of Andrew Loku, an immigrant with a history of mental illness who was shot dead by police last summer. The province’s Special Investigations Unit cleared the officer who pulled the trigger.

On Monday, the group met with Premier Kathleen Wynne, who came out of Queen’s Park to speak with protesters assembled outside.

The premier told organizers the government is willing to have public meetings with them.