This is how bad it’s gotten out there. An organizer for the Los Angeles gay pride parade was forced to step down after they discovered that he was… organizing with the LAPD. What?
I’ve been informed @LAPride is, in fact, working with police for their so-called “Black solidarity” march. Attached is a screenshot of an event producer’s letter to the LAPD underscoring “a strong and unified partnership with law enforcement.” Homos, this is not it. pic.twitter.com/7YkndfDUrV
— Fran Tirado (@fransquishco) June 5, 2020
Yeah, and? Do you think it might help to organize with the local cops when you throw an enormous parade and might need their help? Maybe?
Jeff Consoletti, the event producer, sparked outrage on social media when he posted a letter to Instagram on behalf of Christopher Street West, the nonprofit helming the Los Angeles demonstration.
The letter was a permit application submitted Tuesday to the Los Angeles Police Department. In it, Consoletti, who is gay, wrote that “our community stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and Justice for George Floyd to denounce racial prejudice and injustice, police brutality against communities of color, intolerance, and violence.”
Consoletti also stressed the decades-long “strong and unified partnership with law enforcement.” L.A. Pride is the country’s oldest permitted Pride march — a permit’s approval necessitates a partnership with law enforcement — and 2020 marks its 50th anniversary of this collaboration.
However, some activists on social media noted how any partnership with cops is counterintuitive to the purpose of the protests taking place across the United States and the world in response to the killing of George Floyd, police brutality, and race-based violence.
Welp. Hope you don’t get any protesters, or unfriendly unwelcome visitors, because if you need the cops now, they may not come when you call…