Police uninvited from Mardi Gras parade: Calls for police to pull out of parade after alleged murder of gay couple Jesse Baird and Luke Davies

NSW police have been uninvited from marching in the Sydney Mardi Gras parade this weekend, after a serving police officer was accused of murdering a gay couple.

Senior Constable Beau Lamarre-Condon was charged with killing Jesse Baird and his current partner Luke Davies using a police issued pistol inside the couple’s Paddington home on February 19.

In the days that followed his arrest and charges, the LGBTQIA+ community expressed their outrage over the couple’s alleged murder and urged the police force to voluntarily pull out of the parade this year.

However, Police Commissioner Karen Webb refused to withdraw from the event.

The decision was taken out of their hands on Monday night, when police announced they had been uninvited by the organisers of the event.

“The NSW Police Force has been advised that the Board of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has decided to withdraw the invitation to NSW Police to participate in this year’s event,” a NSW police spokesman said in a statement.

“While disappointed with this outcome, NSW Police will continue to work closely with the LGBTIQA+ community and remain committed to working with organisers to provide a safe environment for all those participating in and supporting this Saturday’s parade.”

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras organisers has been contacted for comment.

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