Twin Cities Pride officials apologize, will let police march

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau waves to spectators at the annual Pride Parade in Toronto on Sunday

Tensions have run high in the Minneapolis suburbs since a jury acquitted Yanez for fatally shooting Castile - a legal gun owner who told the St. Anthony officer he wasn't drawing his firearm - during a traffic stop last summer. After days of criticism and a discussion with Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau, organizers reversed the decision and made an apology.

"It's time to be lifting each other up, not excluding one another".

"I've been to some very small pride parades" Otto said.

Police officers that march must hold the Unity flag, or be next to the rainbow, bisexual, or transgender flags. "Our intent is and was to respect the pain that the people of color and transgender communities have experienced as of late, but our original approach fell short of our mission".

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In a Facebook post earlier this week, Twin Cities Pride said that despite the legal requirement to have a police auto lead their parade, they "decided to forgo this part of the police participation in the parade for this year".

Community members had been organizing a resistance to the planned police presence in the parade similar to an action in Washington, DC, earlier this month.

They were also opposed to the decision to extend an invitation last-minute for police officers to take part in the parade.

Davis said he feels that Pride organizers reversing their decision "ignores the entire history of why Pride was started".

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Twin Cities Pride will also continue to keep communication channels open with all community members to ensure our events and activities that provide a place to foster inclusion, educate and create awareness of issues, and to celebrate our achievements.

"It's hard enough in the profession I'm in coming out and then now to not even feel welcome at my own pride festival, it's just ridiculous", said Capt. Tom Hawley. "Make Pride Revolutionary Again!" stalled the proceedings in the wake of ex-Officer Jeronimo Yanez skirting a manslaughter charge earlier this month, the Star-Tribune reported. She posted a brief video Friday thanking the Pride committee for their decision "after a very thoughtful conversation".

Organizers in Portland, Oregon, are asking officers to consider not wearing their uniforms because some people "don't feel comfortable attending alongside police in uniform". Amidst the festivities, the weekend's largest event, the Pride Parade, comes with some controversy.

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