Anti-police protesters disrupt Twin Cities Pride Parade
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jun 26, 2017,
Jun 26, 2017, 0:39
Twin Cities Pride organizers are asking police officers not to march in the big Minneapolis parade on Sunday in light of the Philando Castile case and continued tension between officers and "marginalized" communities.
Those concerned about a police presence at Twin Cities Pride have cited the historic and current violence and humiliation Black Minnesotans have suffered at the hands of law enforcement, as well as the historic use of law enforcement to harass and intimidate LGBTQ people in the state.
- Several protesters interrupted the annual Twin Cities Pride Parade Sunday morning in downtown Minneapolis. This year, it will be a lone unmarked squad and they will have "limited police participation in the parade itself", according to the statement.
Twin Cities Pride announced on Tuesday that a planned contingent of police officers and law enforcement officials would not be marching at the head of the 2017 Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade.
Police officers are again allowed to participate in this weekend's festivities.
"Understanding the magnitude of recent events, I truly wanted to reflect on your decision". The openly gay police chief said the decision was divisive and hurtful to LGBT officers, which the organizers acknowledged. She posted a brief video Friday thanking the Pride committee for their decision "after a very thoughtful conversation".
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Kroll said although he encourages all officers to make their own decisions, he believes attending would be a "slap in the face" to the officers, firefighters and EMS workers who have now joined in this boycott in solidarity.
"I know historically, our minority communities have had struggles with police interactions; that is why we've worked so hard to build relationships that I still feel are both valued and respected".
Davis said he feels that Pride organizers reversing their decision "ignores the entire history of why Pride was started".
"Unfortunately, we have hurt and offended the LGBTQ police officers, and that was not at all our intent", Baumann said. "Seeing those uniforms brings angst and tension and the feeling of unrest".
About 150 activists carrying signs and banners reading "Black Lives Matter" and "No KKKops at Pride!"
Chanting "no justice, no Pride", the protesters blocked the path of the parade, intersection by intersection.