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NYPD Expresses Frustration After Being Banned from Pride Parade

The following article, NYPD Expresses Frustration After Being Banned from Pride Parade, was first published on Flag And Cross.

Over the course of the last several years, America has experienced a strange turn regarding our relationship with the police who are sworn to serve and protect us, and this has certainly continued here in 2021.

Much of this transformation can be attributed to social media’s ability to swiftly broadcast footage of police behaving poorly or unforgivably.  These incidents are few and far between, of course, but they are shocking and woefully vivid, making it nearly impossible to turn away.

Now, the anti-police rhetoric is taking root again in New York City, where officers with the NYPD will be banned from participating in The Big Apple’s gay pride parade until at least 2025.

The president of the New York Police Department’s Gay Officers Action League called the New York City Pride Parade’s Saturday decision to ban law enforcement from the festivities “shameful.”

“Their response to activist pressure is to take the low road by preventing their fellow community members from celebrating their identities and honoring the shared legacy of the Stonewall Riots,” Detective Brian Downey said in a Friday statement that preceded the one from NYC Pride.

He said it was “demoralizing” that the event’s organizers didn’t refer to the league by name in its announcement, “referring to us only as ‘Law Enforcement Exhibitors.’ The label is not only offensive but dehumanizing for our members.”

Downey wasn’t the only one complaining.

“The idea of officers being excluded is disheartening and runs counter to our shared values of inclusion and tolerance,” Detective Sophia Mason said. “That said, we’ll still be there to ensure traffic safety and good order during this huge, complex event.”

FireFLAG President and FDNY Battalion Chief Michele Fitzsimmons slammed the decision as “misguided” and called for its reversal, according to the New York Daily News.

The 2021 Pride parade will be mostly held in the virtual space, as New York City continues to work toward a metered and cautious reopening in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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I wonder why? Hell, I’d be damned skippy tickled pink if I didn’t have to attend a gay parade. ROFL

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