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Department says officer who refused parade assignment has resigned

By McKenzie Romero, Deseret News

Published: Tue, June 10 5:57 p.m. MDT

 The Salt Lake City Police Department announced Tuesday it has closed an internal affairs investigation into an officer who they say was unwilling to take a gay pride parade assignment, citing the officer's resignation.

The Salt Lake City Police Department announced Tuesday it has closed an internal affairs investigation into an officer who they say was unwilling to take a gay pride parade assignment, citing the officer's resignation.

(Jordan Allred, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department announced Tuesday it has closed an internal affairs investigation into an officer who they say was unwilling to take a gay pride parade assignment, citing the officer's resignation.

The officer, who has not been identified, informed the department Monday that he would not be returning to work because an internal affairs investigation and statements made by the department last week created a climate that would not allow the officer to continue with the force.

The motor officer had been assigned to ride ahead of the Utah Pride Festival parade Sunday, a task he said made him uncomfortable because of his personal and religious beliefs. He asked to trade for a security or patrol assignment, according to the statement, and was placed on paid administrative leave.

Bret Rawson, the officer's attorney, said no new paperwork was submitted to the department Tuesday. The department is treating documents submitted by the officer and his lawyer Monday as his resignation.

The police department declined to provide additional comment on the situation in light of "pending litigation."

— McKenzie Romero

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1. Star Bright
Salt Lake City, Ut,
June 10, 2014

I'm sorry that someone can't state an opinion and have someone else do the parade. Makes me sick. Thanks Salt Lake police dept. Lost me.

2. Florwood
American Fork, UT,
June 10, 2014

I sense a lawsuit coming on.

3. DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT,
June 10, 2014

I hope he gets the meanest, toughest, most aggressive and successful lawyer in the state.

We need an investigation into why we are paying Salt Lake City police officers to be part of the "Pride" parade, which is a tacit endorsement of their message.

There is nothing wrong with providing security for the Pride events, just as with any other group gathering (Cinco de Mayo, Pioneer Day, Jazz championship--well maybe someday...). But to actively perform as a unit in a parade is just wrong use of tax payer money and police officer time. To order someone to do so should be an illegal order which can be legitimately disobeyed.

I think maybe about a million taxpayer dollars, taken from the Police Department budget and specifically the Chief's salary and benefits package, would be good compensation.

4. Jim Cobabe
Provo, UT,
June 10, 2014

What happened to the hue and cry about unfair discrimination?

I'm certain that the officer in question realized that any appeal to legal protection would end up in federal court. I suspect it may anyway, because some "pride" advocate is sure to disapprove of the officers choices, and claim that "rights" have been offended.

5. FatherOfFour
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT,
June 10, 2014

1. We are a Right To Work state and he willingly resigned. He has no case in any court at all.
2. I did not agree with the Iraq war but I fought in it anyway because I was a soldier and that's what soldiers do. As a police officer you do not get to choose who you protect and serve. You are a servant of the people. All of the people.
3. If he refused to provide security at General Conference because he hated Mormons, I bet the tone of conversation here would be different.