Friday, July 28, 2017

Police welcome at Calgary Pride, but not in uniform - MACLEANS

by Lauren Krugel
Originally published: July 27, 2017

Uniformed police officers will not be marching in Calgary’s annual Pride parade in September.

Calgary Pride said Wednesday that it encourages police to take part, as long as it’s without uniforms, firearms, vehicles or institutional representation, such as floats.

“We acknowledge the historical oppression and institutionalized racism faced by queer/trans people of colour and Indigenous persons, and the potentially negative association with weapons, uniforms, and other symbols of law enforcement,” the group said in a news release.