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||Aurora Pride Parade may not take place due to lack of security
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The Aurora Pride Parade may not take place Sunday, June 12, because Aurora police said officers have not stepped up to pick up overtime shifts to provide security at the event, The Chicago Tribune reported.
The news comes after the Aurora Pride Parade Committee decided to ban uniformed officers from marching in the event. As a result, Mayor Richard Irvin announced he would not participate in the parade and the city pulled its entry in the float lineup.
Because the parade is privately-run and not sponsored by the city, police officers working on a security detail at the event do so on their own time.
As of June 7, Aurora Police Department spokesman Paris Lewbel said Aurora Pride still needs 20 more officers to patrol and monitor the parade properly. "Unless the additional officers are secured shortly, APD cannot recommend to the city that the event can proceed as planned," Lewbel said.
In a statement, Aurora Pride organizers said, "We are concerned and disappointed, and we are investigating all options available to us."
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