Organizers of the Sacramento pride parade have banned uniformed police officers from participating in this weekend's march and other festivities. The Sacramento LGBT Community Center said it asked city officers not to participate in uniform to honor "the pain and marginalization of community members who have been harmed by police violence. The center said in its statement posted on social media on Friday that police officers can partake in civilian clothes and pointed out that officers in uniform will be on duty at festivities Saturday and at the march Sunday. Event organizers have been in discussions with police for some time and allowing officers to attend in plain clothes is a compromise, the center said. Sacramento police didn't participate in last year's events, which took place a few months after the fatal shooting of year-old Stephon Clark in his grandparents' yard. Clark's death prompted intense protests, with marchers shutting down a highway ramp and blocking fans from entering the downtown arena where the Sacramento Kings pro basketball team plays.
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Uniformed Officers Banned From Sacramento Pride Festivities
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