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Salt Lake City Police Officer Placed on Leave After Refusing to Work At Gay Pride Parade: VIDEO

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An officer with the Salt Lake City Police Department has been put on paid administrative leave after reportedly refusing an assignment at this weekend’s gay pride parade, KSL News reports:

"We don't tolerate bias and bigotry in the department, and assignments are assignments," said department spokeswoman Lara Jones.

The officer is on paid administrative leave as the internal affairs unit reviews the situation, Jones said. He had been given a traffic control and public safety assignment.

The department has provided services at the Utah Pride Festival since its inception, as well as a host of other community events.

"We serve a variety of community events with similar functions, and 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 said.

Added executive director of the Utah Pride Center Steven Ha:

“Clearly the officer’s act was more than just smelling of bigotry, but I think the act was bigotry, choosing to not do a duty that is sworn by police officers to do,”

Check out a FOX 13 news report on the story, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. And when found guilty of dereliction of duty he will repay all of the "paid administrative leave" in order that justice will be seen to be done.

    He should not be compensated when he knew what he was doing was against Police Rules.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jun 8, 2014 8:07:05 AM

  2. Cue the fundies screaming about how a man lost his job because of his beliefs. Um....yes, yes he did. That's how things work here.

    Posted by: Tigernan | Jun 8, 2014 8:14:20 AM

  3. PAID leave... THAT'LL show him!

    Posted by: MikeKV | Jun 8, 2014 8:22:00 AM

  4. Wow, 1 week paid vacation for disobeying an order...?

    Where do I sign up?

    I've never understood why there is anything called "paid administrative leave". It's a reward for bad behavior, nothing more. It happens all the time in our city, for officers found drunk on duty, sexual harrassment, etc. Hey, mess up and get a vacation! Great!

    Posted by: johnny | Jun 8, 2014 8:26:09 AM

  5. I really need to find a job where if I tell my boss "no" I get a paid vacation.

    Posted by: michael | Jun 8, 2014 8:28:45 AM

  6. Any psychologists out there?

    What's the title for folks like this? It's like a child having a tantrum. It seems similar to the guys carrying rifles into fast-food joints as well.

    What's the diagnosis for people that need to project their personal convictions on total strangers? Imagining some kind of control in a totally random world.

    I find myself wondering if he acted alone or if some group didn't solicit him as their campaign spokesperson for Xtian "oppression".

    Posted by: pete n sfo | Jun 8, 2014 9:20:58 AM

  7. bakers won't bake cakes for us, now a police officer doesn't want to do his job! What's next?? and, I am waiting for the police officer to declare his "religious" objections to protecting gay people....

    Posted by: Bernie | Jun 8, 2014 10:31:23 AM

  8. aren't bigotry and intolerance part of the mormon creed? Paid leave to go home force his wives into the kitchen and screw his daughters. Freedom, Freedom, Freedom OY!

    Posted by: Terry | Jun 8, 2014 10:43:55 AM

  9. Gosh, paid administrative leave! I'll bet that really stung him, didn't it. What a terrible, terrible punishment.

    Posted by: Raybob | Jun 8, 2014 12:39:27 PM

  10. While I won't defend the officer's defiance, I will point out that such behavior is the rational consequence of promoting personal ethics and/or bringing religion into spheres it shouldn't occupy, like the workplace.

    @ Raybob: You seem to ignore the fact that such a "leave" is a black mark on an officer's record, making him markedly easier to terminate. Police officers and their respective departments are VERY sensitive to anything that makes them look bad. This particular officer will have a difficult time regaining his status within the department.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Jun 8, 2014 1:18:42 PM

  11. Good for him. Most gays are probably fuming because he refused to work at the SLC pride. He stood up for his beliefs. Some of these parades are one big orgy and are counter-productive anyway. Stripping down to your bedazzled speedo isn't advancing the cause.

    Posted by: Twins | Jun 8, 2014 1:27:23 PM

  12. @Twins: Having a bunch of massive-schlonged gay men in bedazzled (and bedazzling) speedos is PRECISELY when a heightened police presence is required.

    Posted by: Spread 'Em | Jun 8, 2014 1:31:58 PM

  13. They say they don't tolerate bias or bigotry, and don't allow personal opinion to decide whether an officer will take a post or not; yet they PAY HIM for refusing to do his job due to bias, bigotry and personal opinion.

    This is indicative of why gays don't bother calling the police in the first place.

    @Chuck Mielke, sorry, but I don't think you are correct in this case. Maybe this would be a mark on his record, if it wasn't about gays. But since it is, this police officer is still in good standing. He is probably a local hero to his superiors and fellow police officers.

    Maybe gays in the district can stop paying taxes related to police service, given that they are not entitled to such service.

    Posted by: DeathsHeadHawkMoth | Jun 8, 2014 1:32:58 PM


    hey "TWINS" - this is for you. Because you sound like a cowardly ninny.

    it is advancing the cause. they want us to be invisible. we're not. let's dance ;-) right boys??

    know what doesn't advance the cause? being a wimpy little coward who impotently types his insecure fury on a keyboard. anonymously. grow a pair

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 8, 2014 1:37:32 PM

  15. @Spread em'I agree. Things might get out of hand when you put nearly naked horny gay men together but I'm sure there were several other law enforcement officers patrolling the parade.
    @Little Kiwi I'm all for visibility but does it have to be in a sexual manner? It simply re-enforces the stereotype that gay men are overly sexual and promiscuous. Dance Kiwi but with your clothes on :) Standing by the speedo guys is probably the only action you get which is why you support it so much.

    Posted by: Twins | Jun 8, 2014 1:50:35 PM

  16. I think paid leave is justifiable under the assumption he is innocent until proven guilty. There is a review going on. If found guilty, more severe punishment will be meted out.

    Posted by: simon | Jun 8, 2014 1:55:05 PM

  17. TWINS - do you actually believe that antigay folks show up to pride parades and say "Well, I'm on the fence about these gays. This parade today will determine whether or not I hate gay people. I don't care about all those PFLAG people wearing clothes, no sir. If i see guys wearing speedos, I'm going to keep hating gays!"

    do you think that happens? if so, you're a f***ing moron.

    PRIDE is a day to not care what haters think. Try is some time. Or keep being a wimpy little coward like you're destined to be for the rest of your life.

    Every year the lamest wimpy homosexual cowards complain about "speedos in pride" - or something. Grow some balls.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 8, 2014 2:01:46 PM

  18. Mr. Balls is awake. Turn off your computer.

    Posted by: Jason | Jun 8, 2014 2:05:20 PM

  19. Kiwi loves to fight. Andy let's him use his site as a shrink appointment to vent his endless rage.

    Posted by: Jason | Jun 8, 2014 2:07:17 PM

  20. I wonder if Kiwi even have the time to practice homosexuality? I've been reading you the past few days. What a bitter windbag.

    Posted by: Jason | Jun 8, 2014 2:09:55 PM

  21. Kiwi you love to argue. Anti-gay folk don't show up to Pride but they do see the videos and images on the news. Some of those images makes us look like sexual deviants. Dance if that makes you happy Kiwi. No need to be bitter :)

    Posted by: Twins | Jun 8, 2014 2:15:00 PM


    for Jason - so you can finally see what it looks like when guys kiss ;-)

    It's very simple - every year the same sack-less cowards complain about Pride, despite the reality that those who attend and participate in pride celebrations are always way more well-adjusted, comfortable with themselves, and celebrated and accepted in their lives as gay men.

    Toronto is hosting world pride this year. come see us. i'll be in the mesh singlet.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 8, 2014 2:16:22 PM

  23. While a "paid leave" does seem like a reward and he should not be paid during this time off, any kind of leave is going on his record. in most jobs, and regardless of the type of job, leaves or any kind of slights against your performance would likely "add up" and could put your job in danger. As it should be.

    Posted by: Joe | Jun 8, 2014 2:18:04 PM

  24. "TWINS" = haters are gonna hate. no matter what. a pride parade could be filled with nothing but boring folks in suits. the haters would still find a way to spin it.

    you need to sack UP, dude. the pride parades are not the reasons ANYONE hates gay people. it's an excuse folks give. excuses are not worth considering - as an excuse is a cop-out that someone gives when they know they haven't an intelligent reason to use as back up.

    I get it. You're surrounded by sh***y people who hate gays. Not my problem, nor the problem of the folks who march in the parades.

    You're a textbook coward. Happy pride!

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 8, 2014 2:21:58 PM

  25. Kiwi: You should be in the mesh net, being air lifted out by helicopter. You need to address that anger issue, and it has nothing to do with parades.

    Posted by: Bart | Jun 8, 2014 2:26:48 PM

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