Po­lice bow out of pa­rade amid ‘na­tional de­bate’

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

Hal­i­fax’s po­lice ser­vice says it will not par­tic­i­pate in the city’s Pride pa­rade this year after con­sid­er­ing the “na­tional de­bate” about law en­force­ment in­volve­ment in such events. A news re­lease from Hal­i­fax Re­gional Po­lice says the de­ci­sion was made after sev­eral months of dis­cus­sions with Hal­i­fax Pride. Po­lice Chief Jean-Michel Blais says par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pa­rade may con­trib­ute to di­vi­sions in the Pride com­mu­nity, and step­ping away from it will al­low for mean­ing­ful dis­cus­sions on the is­sue. Hal­i­fax Pride ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Adam Reid says he sup­ports the proac­tive de­ci­sion, and be­lieves the Hal­i­fax ser­vice is the first in Canada to take such an ap­proach.

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