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Sydney Mardi Gras Police Controversy: Discussions Underway for Officers to March Out of Uniform

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Discussions are underway between Sydney Mardi Gras organizers and NSW Police regarding a potential agreement that would allow police officers to participate in the upcoming parade out of uniform. This development comes after the Mardi Gras board initially requested police officers not to partake in this year’s event following the tragic alleged murder of Jesse Baird and Luke Davies by a serving officer.

The potential deal, which was prompted by a meeting between Police Commissioner Karen Webb, Police Minister Yasmin Catley, and Mardi Gras directors, marks a shift in the decision made earlier this week. The initial decision aimed to respect the deep grief and anger within the LGBTQ+ community in light of the recent events.

Premier Chris Minns expressed optimism about reaching a resolution through ongoing discussions, emphasizing the importance of dialogue between the parties involved. Independent MP Alex Greenwich also highlighted the significance of collaboration to improve community trust and inclusivity.

While the decision to exclude police from the Mardi Gras parade this year raised debate, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese acknowledged the community’s grieving process following the tragic events. The involvement of NSW Police in the parade has a complex history, dating back to the force’s participation in the event for over two decades.

The alleged involvement of Senior Constable Beaumont Lamarre-Condon in the murders of Jesse Baird and Luke Davies has reignited discussions about police presence at the parade. Activist group Pride in Protest, which has long advocated for removing police from the event, sees the decision as a positive step for the LGBTQ+ community.

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