Minneapolis police won't allow uniformed officers to take part in PRIDE parade

It follows opposition from some in the LGBTQ communities.
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You won't see uniformed Minneapolis police officers marching in this year's PRIDE Parade down Hennepin Avenue.

The police's participation in last year's parade proved controversial, taking place shortly after Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted in the killing of Philando Castile which prompted organizers to ask MPD not to join the parade.

They got pushback from then police chief Janee Harteau, who said the organizers' stance was "divisive." They were ultimately allowed to join the parade.

This year, however, new police chief Medaria Arradondo has told officers they won't be permitted to wear a uniform if they're marching in this year's parade, scheduled to take place on June 24.

In a memo posted online, Arradondo said: "My decision is based in part on the adamant opposition of law enforcement’s participation by some representatives of our local LGBTIQ communities who have stated they feel strongly they do not want any law enforcement officers marching in uniform in the parade. 

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"Representatives have conveyed to me that there is still a great deal of pain and harm that has occurred in their community, specifically our LGBTIQ communities of color, which has not been completely heard and addressed."

Sworn officers and civilian employees have been told they can wear "MPD rainbow t-shirts with a badge design on the front" should they choose, otherwise they must be in civilian attire.

"I have the highest respect for our sworn and civilian team members of the MPD," Arradondo wrote.

"As you continue to represent the MPD and the honorable profession of law enforcement, I support you doing so by showing your authentic self and I would never want you to feel de-valued or minimized by not being allowed to proudly adorn your full MPD uniform while marching in the PRIDE parade."

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