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Gay police group blasts NYC Pride for banning officers from events

Added 05-16-21 01:04:02pm EST - “A gay officers group says it was disheartened after a "shameful" decision by organizers of LGBTQIA events in NYC to ban police from their events.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Gay police group blasts NYC Pride for banning officers from events”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A gay officers group says it was disheartened after a "shameful" decision by organizers of certain Pride gatherings in New York City to ban police from their events.

NYC Pride says its new policy banning "corrections and law enforcement exhibitors" through at least 2025 will improve safety at a time when violence against marginalized groups, specifically BIPOC – Black, Indigenous, people of color – and trans communities, has continued to escalate.

"NYPD is not required to lead first response and security at NYC Pride events," the group said. "All aspects of first response and security that can be reallocated to trained private security, community leaders and volunteers will be reviewed."

"The abrupt about-face in order to placate some of the activists in our community is shameful," GOAL said.

GOAL President Brian Downey said NYC Pride is aware that the city would not allow a large scale event to occur without police presence.

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