Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Anti-police protesters disrupt Twin Cities Pride Parade

Anti-police protesters disrupt Twin Cities Pride Parade

Lt. Bob Kroll, president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, said organizers should be "ashamed" and called the action "disturbing".

"It is one reason I was so proud to lead the Pride parade as Grand Marshall three years ago". Minneapolis' first openly gay police chief responded sharply Thursday, June 22, 2017, to a decision by organizers of the Twin Cities Pride Parade to ask her department to minimize its participation in Sunday's annual event due to tensions over the police shooting of Philando Castile.

Pride parade organizers in Minnesota have apologized for asking local law enforcement officers to limit their participation in a parade scheduled for Sunday.

Twin Cities Pride Board Director Chair Darcy Bauman appeared on Fox 9 morning news to talk about her discussions with Minneapolis Police Cheif Janee Harteau about the controversy. It's a time when they encourage people from the LGTBQ community to consider careers in law enforcement, so "we can be more inclusive of the community we serve", Nash said. "Our intent is and was to respect the pain that the people of color and transgender communities have experienced as of late, but our original approach fell short of our mission".

Amy Brockman, Twin Cities Pride external relations manager, said they appreciate all LGTBQ officers. In it, she thanks Twin Cities Pride for now encouraging officer attendance.

"This does not at all reflect what they bring to the force and we appreciate them participating in Pride every year and being able to be out with their community as well", she said.

Still, some feel that having limitations on officer participation is just another form of exclusion.

It is not the only Pride where police will be banned this year.

"It's just shocking to me in light of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando and other events you've seen around the country and around the world that you wouldn't want more officers there", he said.

Parade organizers on Friday invited police to participate in the annual parade after initially asking police to minimize their participation due to tensions over a jury's recent acquittal of a Minnesota officer who fatally shot Castile during a traffic stop past year. "They will not go to the event, and they will not support Pride in any way shape or form as long as they maintain this stance".

The parade, which draws about 350,000 people, has started in previous years with several marked squad cars and police officers.

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