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NYC Pride parade bans police; Gay officers 'disheartened'

NYC Pride parade bans police; Gay officers 'disheartened'
Posted at 7:08 PM, May 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-16 19:08:57-04

NEW YORK (AP) — Organizers of New York City's Pride events say they are banning police officers and other members of law enforcement from marching in an annual parade until at least 2025.

NYC Pride announced Saturday that the sense of safety law enforcement is meant to provide can instead be threatening and at times dangerous. It said it wants to challenge law enforcement to acknowledge the harm and “correct course” going forward.

The Gay Officers Action League and the New York Police Department both said they were disheartened by the decision. The parade is scheduled for June after many Pride events were disrupted last year because of the coronavirus.