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Police Officer Won't Work Gay Pride Parade, Placed on Leave

A Salt Lake City, Utah, police officer refused an assignment to work a Utah [Gay] Pride Festival that was scheduled for today.

The unidentified police officer was one of about 30 officers who were supposed to provide traffic control and security.

The officer was placed on paid administrative leave while the police department investigates the incident.

"We don't tolerate bias and bigotry in the department, and assignments are assignments," Salt Lake City Police Department spokeswoman Lara Jones told KSL.

"We serve a variety of community events with similar functions, and to allow personal opinion to enter into whether an officer will take a post is not something that can be tolerated in a police department," added Jones.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank marched in a Utah Pride parade last year, noted the Associated Press. Three deputies were supposed to march in the parade today. The police department also set up an outreach booth.

"Our goal is to make sure that police training and certification includes policies and oaths to ensure that all officers are committed to providing equal service and treatment of all citizens," Utah Pride Center spokeswoman Deann Armes said in a statement on Friday.

"Clearly, bigotry is alive and well, and our attorney general upholding discrimination by fighting marriage equality is not helping to reduce discrimination by our police officers," added Armes.

Sources: Associated PressKSL


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