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Minneapolis Pride Reverses Decision, Invites Police to Participate In Pride Parade

Days after announcing they’d be limiting police presence at this year’s Pride Parade, due to the emotions swirling from the acquittal of Officer Jeronimo Yanez, in the shooting  of Philando Castile Pride officials announced Friday they will allow police after all. 

In a statement on its website, Pride organizers say, “We would like to apologize to the law enforcement community for neglecting to communicate and consider input for other possible alternatives prior to releasing the details of this decision.”

The decision to limit police was met with backlash after some community members called the move hypocritical, when the basis of Pride is to promote inclusiveness. 

Minneapolis’ first openly gay police chief Janee Hartea responded sharply  last Thursday to a decision by organizers of the Twin Cities Pride Parade to ask her department to minimize its participation in Sunday’s annual event. 

Hartea called the decision “divisive” and saying it “really hurt so many in our community,” including LGBT officers and their families.

“One unmarked police car will clear the way as originally stated, and we would like to invite members of the law enforcement community to participate in the parade by holding the Unity flag or marching alongside any other flag they feel comfortable with,” the release states. 

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