Pittsburgh Police Chief, Fraternal Order of Police at Odds Over Pride Month Stickers on Patrol Cars

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The chief of the Pittsburgh Police Department and the Fraternal Order of Police are at odds in their opinion over “LGBT Pride Month” stickers that have been affixed to patrol cars.

According to local television station KDKA, Police Chief Scott Schubert believes the stickers—which read “Pittsburgh Police Supports Pride 2017″—show that the department is supportive of diversity within the community.

“We want to be an inclusive police department. An inclusive city,” he told the outlet.

But Fraternal Order of Police President Robert Swartzwelder said that the stickers could be controversial in that they take one side of an issue.

“We have a variety of taxpayers in the city of Pittsburgh with different viewpoints, which can create controversy if support for different events is shown,” he stated.

Shubert said that he found Swartzwelder’s remarks to be appalling.

“To be honest, I was appalled when I saw the statement by the FOP,” he relayed. “It just goes against what we’re trying to accomplish with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and police departments around the city.”

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The pride month stickers are one of nine that were approved by the police department as others will include Police Memorial Week and the Special Olympics.

Pittsburgh, however, is not the only city displaying rainbow pride stickers on its vehicles this month. The Houston Police Department in Texas has designated one of its patrol vehicles as a “pride car” for the city’s annual homosexual pride parade.

“By actually participating … we send a very powerful message that we’re an inclusive department where every segment of society is welcome, is respected, and will be protected by the Houston Police Department,” Chief Art Acevedo told the Houston Chronicle.

But some within the department haven’t been pleased with the idea.

“Our duty is to protect and serve, not participate in an event that completely goes against our religious beliefs,” one commander, who requested to remain anonymous, told the outlet.

The Louisville Police Department in Kentucky likewise covered one of its patrol vehicles with rainbow lettering and a heart that reads “LMPD Pride” for this month’s Kentuckiana Pride Festival.

“The thought was that this vehicle would show unity with the LGBTQ community as well as honor the victims of the Orlando shooting last year,” department officials said in a statement. “The idea came from the New York Police Department that did a similar car last year.”

The NYPD decked one of its patrol cars in rainbow lettering again this year, along with the message, “The NYPD salutes the LGBT community.”

However, some have found it interesting that while police departments can express support for homosexual causes on their patrol cars, in recent years, many have caved to demands to remove decals quoting Scripture.

“[T]hese days tolerance and diversity is no longer extended to people of faith,” wrote conservative commentator Todd Starnes on Sunday in his article “It’s Okay to Decorate a Police Car with Rainbow Flags, but Not Bible Verses.” “Those who follow teachings of Christ have effectively been shoved into a closet—and that’s nothing to be proud of.”

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  • upload

    What month will a cross be adhered to their vehicles?

    • Ambulance Chaser

      Never because that’s unconstitutional, and this isn’t.

      • Coach

        You really know how to make the constitution sound like it supports sick perversion don’t you?
        Us Christians are faithful to God, we oppose that which God hates.

      • cadcoke5

        The Constitution does permit the government to be involved with non-denominational religious statements. It is only the modern re-definition of the establishment clause that requires government to prefer an atheistic or deistic world view. Of course this is pure Orwellian double-speak. The original intent allows the government to take this world-view approach, but the re-definition does not permit it to take this stance. The re-definition is really used to suppress any view that agrees with God, and only to promote ones that reject him.

        A “living constitution” is where judges redefine the constitution, without bothering to use the Constitutional means to amend it. A “living constitution” is a dead one.

        • Ambulance Chaser

          Well, I don’t know how to practice law in some other, hypothetical United States in which the last 200 years of jurisprudence went differently. I only know how to practice law in THIS reality.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            actually ….. modern “jurisprudence” only goes back to reconstruction ……… far less than 200 years ……….

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Not that it matters, but on what grounds could you possibly argue that?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            reconstruction was the reconstruction of the government from the anti-federalist to the federalist position ……… everything changed at that point ……..

          • cadcoke5

            The supreme court doors themselves depict the 10 commandments. And it is only in 1963 that they forbid school prayer, when they decided that the schools must be dogmatically godless.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            OK, and…?

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      paganism/satanism/demonic possession is not a problem in the USA any longer …… it is the state supported religion …….

      • Enrico Yourfault

        Then there is the vast, vast majority that are not involved with paganism, satanism or demonic possession in any way. I don’t know why it’s so hard to accept that some people just choose to adopt no religion.

  • Fang

    So a police cruiser can promote homosexuality but not sport a Bible verse?

    This is Twilight Zone stuff.

  • james blue

    They are police cars not billboards. They shouldn’t have anything on them except the word “police” (and words specific to that like “k9 unit” etc.), their local badge and perhaps the national, state and city flags.

    • Michael C

      I agree with you.

      I’m all for outreach programs. There are several populations or groups of people that our police forces should work with to build better relationships but I don’t think this is the best way to do it.

      • Enrico Yourfault

        On the other hand, it’s nice to know that if you’re LGBT and you require the services of the police that they are going to be safe for you and not want to beat the daylights out of you for being LGBT.

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    Brad Pitt: ‘Elite Hollywood Pedophiles Control America’
    Movie star speaks out against pedophilia rings

    corruption only leads to more corruption ……….

  • InTheChurch

    Remove the cross or verses, remove the rainbow patch.

  • Ed

    Next month, they can display a blue & pink (male & female) sticker which says: “SUPPORTS NATURAL REPRODUCTION 2017”.

  • Turd Furgeson

    Thats gay.