Must We “Celebrate Everyone’s Parade?” Statement from Police Officer Who Asked For Alt Assignment In Utah Pride Parade

In my duties as a police officer, I have been called upon to protect events I disagree with, including several LGBT rallies. I never felt that my personal or religious beliefs “exempted” me from serving or protecting anyone’s First Amendment rights or safety. I love and respect them as fellow children of God; however, I should never be forced to personally celebrate any messages. That is my right. It is unquestionably my duty as a police officer to protect everyone’s right to hold a parade or other event, but is…

Join the Hub Debate: Is Racism in America Dead?

Is racism in America dead? Utah Politico Hub Readers and Contributors: We invite you–because you have contributed thoughts and posts on the Hub in the past–to consider the following topic. Is racism in America dead? As protests about police killings, Eric Garner’s death, and Michael Brown’s shooting continue across the nation, more people are asking whether racism is alive and well in the United States. A headline in Esquire offers “IF YOU NEEDED FURTHER PROOF RACISM IS NOT DEAD,” sharing anecdotes about discrimination at drinking fountains and microwaves. Meanwhile, Forbes…

BUZZ: Police Officer Story About Utah Pride Parade at Odds with Official Account

A Salt Lake Tribune story on Saturday reported that a Salt Lake City police officer was on “leave due to allegations that he refused to work at this weekend’s Utah Pride Parade.” That police officer’s attorney now asserts that the officer did not refuse to work at the parade, but refused because he was asked to “perform maneuvers” in front of the Pride parade. A statement from the attorney–posted below–also notes that the officer offered to trade with other officers so that he could perform more typical police responsibilities, including security,…