Salt Lake City Cop Placed On Leave After Refusing To Work Pride
A Salt Lake City police officer has found himself in hot water after refusing an assignment to work this year's Pride Parade. About 30 officers were assigned to work traffic control and security for Sunday's event, but this officer apparently would not do his job based on anti-gay bias. He has been placed on leave by the SLC department.
"We don't tolerate bias and bigotry in the department, and assignments are assignments ... To allow personal opinion to enter into whether an officer will take a post is not something that can be tolerated in a police department," department spokeswoman Lara Jones told KSL.
"Our goal is to make sure that police training and certification includes policies and oaths to ensure that all officers are committed to providing equal service and treatment of all citizens. Clearly, bigotry is alive and well," Utah Pride Center spokeswoman Deann Armes added.
Salt Lake City police will march in the parade again this year, and a booth to bridge its relationship with the LGBT community as well as recruit new officers will also be found at the festival.
"We have gay men and women that serve in the police department," Jones also said. "One officer's situation does not reflect the vast majority of officers that work in the Salt Lake City Police Department and certainly not Chief Burbank's."