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Uniformed police officers blocked from attending LGBT event in Sacramento
by Zachary Halaschak | June 03, 2019 05:32 PM
Police in Sacramento, Calif., are being asked not to attend the city’s annual Pride events while in uniform.
Police didn’t participate at all last year, but this year the Sacramento LGBT Community Center said it had come to a “compromise” with police, allowing them to attend but only in plainclothes.
The center said in a Facebook post that it had been in discussions with police about attending.
“They didn't participate last year at all, welcoming them to participate as members of the community, out of uniform, this year was a compromise,” the post reads. “Rejection of the compromise fails to acknowledge the pain and historical abuses police institutions have inflicted on the most marginalized in our community.”
The move upset Jeff Kuhlmann, an LGBT member of the Sacramento Police Department, who said the decision makes the event less inclusive.
“The concern we have with that is that this is who we are, and we want people to feel comfortable seeing us in this versus a polo shirt,” Kuhlmann told ABC 10. “To see that this event is being pulled back from us, it just shows that not everybody is always about inclusion.”
The decision comes about the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots, where police raided a gay bar in New York City and arrested 13 people, prompting the community to riot over police treatment of the LGBT community.
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