Utah: Cop Refuses To Work At Pride Parade

By Michelle Garcia

Originally published on Advocate.com June 08 2014 12:00 PM ET

A Salt Lake City police officer is on paid leave after allegedly refusing an assignment to work at the Utah Pride Parade, according to the Salt Lake City Tribune.

About 30 officers are assigned to traffic control and security for Sunday's parade, but one officer is being investigated by internal affairs for turning down the assignment, which spokeswoman Lara Jones said is atypical.

"The vast majority of officers, when they come to work, they understand that they leave their personal opinions at home and serve the community," she said to the Tribune.

Police officers, including Chief Chris Burbank, have also participated in the parade in the past, and this year, there was a community outreach and recruitment booth at the Saturday festival.