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Salt Lake City Cop Who Allegedly Refused To Work Gay Pride Parade Resigns

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People carry a large gay pride flag during the Salt Lake City’s annual gay pride parade Sunday, June 8, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Utah Pride Festival organizers say they expect this year's parade to be one of the biggest and most vibrant ever as gays and lesbians march for the first time since a federal judge overturned the state's same-sex marriage ban in December. That ruling is on hold, pending a decision from a federal appeals court. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Salt Lake City police officer who rejected an assignment riding a motorcycle at the front of last weekend's gay pride parade and was put on leave has now resigned.

Salt Lake City police officials said Tuesday they received written notification of the officer's resignation. The officer, whose name is being withheld, was put on leave last week after police said he refused to provide traffic control at Sunday's parade. Police said they would not tolerate bias and bigotry.

Bret Rawson, an attorney hired by the officer, said this week that police defamed his client. Rawson said his client didn't refuse to work, but asked to be reassigned other duties because he felt uncomfortable being viewed as an advocate for gay pride.

Rawson said the officer stepped down because of untenable work conditions.

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