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Organizers of NYC Pride Parade announce NYPD is banned from participating in annual event

Organizers of New York City Pride have announced that the New York Police Department is banned from participating in the annual June parade and related events and moved to reduce their presence on scene, saying their appearance threatened members of the community.

“NYC Pride seeks to create safer spaces for the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities at a time when violence against marginalized groups, specifically BIPOC and trans communities, has continued to escalate,” Heritage of Pride, the nonprofit that plans NYC Pride events, said in a statement on Saturday. “The sense of safety that law enforcement is meant to provide can instead be threatening, and at times dangerous, to those in our community who are most often targeted with excessive force and/or without reason. NYC Pride is unwilling to contribute in any way to creating an atmosphere of fear or harm for members of the community.”

Heritage of Pride said they are banning all correction and law enforcement exhibitors at NYC Pride events until 2025, when their participation will be reviewed further. Event organizers said they no longer require security and first response from the NYPD and will instead reallocate those services to “trained private security, community leaders, and volunteers,” the statement reads. Heritage of Pride said it will use NYPD first response and security “only when absolutely necessary” and “as mandated by city officials,” according to the statement.

Heritage of Pride spokesperson Dan Dimant told CNN on Saturday that the organization has worked with the NYPD for over 25 years.

“There’s always been aggression by law enforcement and it’s been an issue in the community for years,” said Dimant. “The events of last year, with protests over George Floyd, there have been a lot of run-ins with the NYPD, so we began to think long and hard about this decision.”

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

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