Seattle law enforcement officials won’t march within the Pleasure Parade Sunday, Police Chief Adrian Diaz stated in an open letter expressing frustration with Seattle Pleasure’s resolution to bar uniformed officers from marching.
Diaz’s letter comes after the Seattle Pleasure board of administrators stated any law enforcement officials marching within the parade should achieve this out of uniform. In explaining their resolution, the board referenced the criminalization of LGBTQ+ individuals and the group’s historical past of mistrust with regulation enforcement. The board famous protests towards police violence marked the beginning of the Pleasure motion 53 years in the past, referring to the Stonewall Riots. Pleasure parades across the nation are held on the final Sunday in June in remembrance of that watershed second within the LGBTQ+ rights motion.
Diaz referred to as the choice “particularly hurtful as a result of different metropolis employees shall be allowed to take part in uniforms or insignia that determine their division, however not SPD.”
Uniformed law enforcement officials will workers Sunday’s parade as a public security measure. Seattle Pleasure contracts with personal on-site safety, however will proceed to work with Seattle Police as required by the Metropolis for giant, permitted occasions, the group stated.
“That is an particularly essential time for all of Seattle to see SPD officers who’re out and proud LGBTQIA+ members as a result of the division want to rent a whole bunch of officers within the subsequent few years,” Diaz wrote. “Our seen presence on the Pleasure Parade exhibits the division is numerous and welcoming to all.”
Seattle Pleasure responded to Diaz’s letter Wednesday, expressing disappointment he didn’t wait till after the occasion to share a public response.
“By opting to publish this letter on Twitter and to the SPD Blotter, the SPD successfully put a highlight on the LGBTQIA+ group for individuals who share ideologies with hate teams, and is inviting a repeat of focused threats and violence towards our group as we put together for our first in-person celebration in three years,” the group stated.