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Is the purpose of the police force at a parade to provide security and protection, or can it be used to provide the advocacy of particular group's views? Should the request for the Motor Squad Unit to participate in the Utah Pride Parade have been declined because its participation would be a de facto advocacy of the parade sponsor's views?

Chief Burbank is quoted as saying, "I will not tolerate bias, bigotry or hatred in the organization." Was Officer Moutsos' under-the radar-request a sign of bias, bigotry or hatred? Perhaps the police department should offer a public apology to former Officer Moutsos for the vindictive manner in which it treated him.

William Strong