Aurora Pride’s appeal denied after permit is revoked for Pride Parade

AURORA, Ill. (CBS) — A choose on Thursday denied an appeal by Aurora Pride of the town’s choice to cancel an LGBTQ Pride Parade initially set for this weekend.

In a press release, the City of Aurora mentioned after listening to testimonies and reviewing proof by Aurora Pride, the City of Aurora, and the Aurora Police Department, Administrative Law Judge Victor E. Puscas Jr. denied the appeal in Aurora Branch Court.

Thus, the revocation of the particular occasions permit for the parade has been upheld. The parade had been scheduled for this coming Sunday.

The American Civil Liberties Union launched a press release Thursday afternoon saying the battle is not over and so they plan to take the difficulty to federal court docket.

“It is unacceptable that Aurora City officials have denied a permit for the upcoming Pride Parade. The Parade has been a family friendly event, aimed at welcoming all members of the Aurora community for a celebration of diversity and inclusion. Rather than embrace this event – as thousands of members of the community have done over the past few years – City officials have created a faux controversy and refuse to provide adequate security so that everyone has the opportunity to celebrate safely. This is not constitutional and we intend to ask a federal court to order Aurora to meets it obligation to its residents. We will be on file shortly.”

The metropolis of Aurora mentioned it revoked the occasion permit out of security issues. City officers mentioned they do not have sufficient officers to supply safety.

Organizers had been informed they’d till midday Wednesday to recruit the 20 officers wanted from different jurisdictions, however they got here up quick. 

The Aurora Police Department mentioned Tuesday that when law enforcement officials are wanted privately-run particular occasion, the officers are assigned as an additional job exterior their common duties Extra jobs and time beyond regulation are voluntary, and metropolis can not drive any officers to work for the parade, Aurora police mentioned.

As it is, the Aurora Police Department has already been struggling to get officers to work time beyond regulation to fill employees shortages, sick calls, and trip time with time beyond regulation – whereas additionally making certain there are sufficient officers on patrol to make sure public security within the metropolis, police mentioned – including that fewer officers need to work further shifts than prior to now.

“Our position has been misrepresented, and we’re making every effort to keep the parade as scheduled,” Aurora Pride mentioned. “Thank you for your steadfast support, and please hang tight.”

The Aurora Pride Parade has already been mired in controversy involving the police division for a separate cause. Organizers for the parade made the choice final month that regulation enforcement officers could take part – however with out weapons, uniforms, or particular person autos.

Parade organizers in late May issued a information launch studying partially, “many members of the community feel uneasy in the presence of official law enforcement vehicles, as well as uniformed officers, due to negative experiences they themselves or someone they know have had.”

The organizers did permit uniformed law enforcement officials in the course of the 2018 and 2019 pleasure parades in Aurora. But they mentioned in 2022, the local weather has shifted – and neighborhood members are extra strained than they had been three years in the past.

As a results of that call, Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin mentioned final week that he wouldn’t be collaborating within the parade, and likewise introduced the City of Aurora would not have a float within the parade.

“The impacted officers and the command staff of the Aurora Police Department are not in agreement with this, and I stand with our officers. As a result, I will not participate in this year’s Aurora Pride Parade, as I did in previous years,” Irvin wrote. “Furthermore, I am withdrawing the City of Aurora’s float from the parade, and the Pride Flag Raising Ceremony – initially planned to be held in collaboration with Aurora Pride – will now be presented solely by the City.”

Irvin wrote that the City of Aurora has “worked diligently for years” to strengthen belief between police and the neighborhood “without painting Aurora with the broad brush of a national narrative.”

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