Vancouver police will march in Pride parade after compromise reached

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Vancouver police will march in Pride parade after compromise reached

The Vancouver Pride Society and Vancouver Police have come to terms on an agreement that will see members of the force march in this year's parade.

On the other hand, there were also members of groups who had experienced racially motivated police brutality who wanted the VPS remain in the parade.

A department news release says no marked police vehicles will be included in the 2017 parade and officers will walk as part of the City of Vancouver's entry, along with city staff and members of Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services. Most VPD members will walk in t-shirts, while about 20 per cent will walk in uniform.

They submitted a letter to Mayor Gregor Robertson on May 11, stating, "We believe that police involvement in the Vancouver Pride parade has created significant division both within the community and between the community and law enforcement". "These minorities are marginalized and vulnerable groups have been historically oppressed by police and the symbol of that oppression is [the] uniform", said Burgess.

"So we have a number of officers, a small number of officers who'll be attending in uniform, the opportunity is there for some of our representative officers".

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"We have asked that no sirens be used, a theory being that sirens can be triggering for people".

"That is a request from the Vancouver Pride Society, we respect that".

Black Lives Matter Vancouver asked the VPD last summer to voluntarily withdraw from the parade, an event police have taken part in every year since 2002, as "a show of solidarity and understanding" because the presence of uniformed officers makes some minority groups feel unsafe.

This petition comes after members of the Black Lives Matter Vancouver chapter pushed past year for the VPD to voluntarily withdraw all uniformed officers from the parade.

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