Via the Associated Press:
A Salt Lake City police officer has been placed on leave after refusing an assignment to work at a gay pride parade. The officer was among about 30 officers assigned to provide traffic control and security for the annual Utah Pride Parade on Sunday in Salt Lake City, said department spokeswoman Lara Jones. “We don’t tolerate bias and bigotry in the department, and assignments are assignments. To allow personal opinion to enter into whether an officer will take a post is not something that can be tolerated in a police department,” Jones told KSL. She declined comment on the officer’s reason for refusing the assignment.
Salt Lake City’s police chief has marched in previous parades. The parade is today.