Seattle police, Pride organizers clash over banning officers at parade
The Seattle Police Department (SPD) published a personal message to Seattle Pride Parade organizers who voted to exclude law enforcement from the annual event.
The Pride Parade previously announced members of law enforcement in uniform would not be allowed to participate in the festivities, citing historic conflict between the LGBT community and the police.
SAN FRANCISCO MAYOR LONDON BREED, POLICE GROUPS OPT OUT OF PRIDE PARADE OVER UNIFORM BANDiaz pointed to the SPD's long tradition of participating in the Pride Parade, extending back almost two decades.
"The Seattle Pride Parade draws thousands of people together to celebrate our region’s vibrant and thriving LGBTQIA+ community.
According to the letter, Seattle Police Department officers will be present along the parade route, dressed in uniform and positioned to ensure safety.
However, members of the department will respect the parade organizers' request and will not participate in uniform.
"The Seattle Police Department celebrates the diversity of all its employees, including its many LGBTQIA+ officers, commanders and civilians," Diaz wrote.
"SPD celebrates the diversity of Seattle and the yearly festival organized by Seattle Pride and hopes its executive board will again welcome SPD employees for the totality of who they are without judgement or discrimination.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed and local law enforcement groups have opted not to march in the upcoming Pride Parade over a ban that prohibits law enforcement officers from wearing uniforms.
"I love the Pride Parade and what it means for our LGBTQ community and for our city," Breed said in a statement to Fox San Francisco .
However, if the Pride board does not reverse its decision, I will join our city public safety departments that are not participating in the Pride Parade."
The San Francisco Police Officers' Pride Alliance also said its members would not participate in the parade, one of the city's marquee events.