Indy Pride will no longer involve police, board says

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Indianapolis and the Indiana State Capitol. (Image by David Mark from Pixabay)

INDIANAPOLIS — The board of Indy Pride announced on Thursday that police would no longer have a presence at future events.

Indy Pride is the organizer of Indianapolis’s LGBTQ Pride events.

RTV6, an ABC affiliate in Indianapolis, reported that the decision includes the Indy Pride Festival.

“Indy Pride will no longer contract with or utilize police departments for security at the Indy Pride Festival and other events, unless necessary for road closures,” the Indy Pride statement to the TV station read.

Police will only be included as required by city law, mostly for traffic and street closures. Security would be handled by private firms. According to RTV6, police will not be permitted to participate in events while in uniform.

“We know there are many in our community who are law enforcement professionals and you are welcome at our events and still part of our community; however, we respectfully request that you do not wear your uniform at the Indy Pride Festival or other events,” Indy Pride’s announcement read.

The TV station reported that the organization also cancelled almost all virtual Pride events in June except for the virtual Pride festival on June 20. And that even will center Black Lives Matter.

“At Indy Pride, we believe that Black Lives Matter. The Indy Pride Virtual Festival will uplift black and brown people in our community, spotlight their stories, and showcase their contributions to our community,” Indy Pride’s statement read.

“It is important now more than ever to remember the first Pride marches were protests against police brutality led by brown and black people. This is the time for our community to listen to communities affected by violence, to protest with them, and to support them in all ways possible.”

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