SF Police Can Now March in Pride Parade in Uniform
San Francisco police said Thursday that they will march in the city’s annual Pride Parade after coming to an agreement with parade organizers who had previously said officers could not wear their uniforms at the event.
The San Francisco Police Officers Pride Alliance came to an agreement with Pride organizers who had voted in 2020 to ban officers in uniform after a summer of nationwide protests against police brutality.
Police, who had been joined by the city’s firefighters and sheriff’s deputies in saying they would not walk in the parade because of the policy, will now be part of a contingent of first responders participating in the parade along with Mayor London Breed.
Police Chief Bill Scott said in a statement that he was “very pleased” about the agreement, and said all parties are “committed to continuing the very important conversations that have taken place over the last 18 months.”
Recently appointed Supervisor Matt Dorsey, who had also said he would not participate in Pride because of the policy, thanked everyone involved for “coming to the table with a spirit of collaboration and consensus, and getting this done.”
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Extremely pleased that the SF Police Officers Pride Alliance, and @SFPride have come to a resolution regarding the participation of uniformed officers in this year’s Pride Parade.
Please view the entirety of my statement regarding this decision below. pic.twitter.com/Ujj1LOkC8n
— SFPD Chief Scott (@SFPDChief) June 2, 2022