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Did MPD march unofficially in 2018 Capitol Pride parade?

The official list of contingents in the 2018 Capitol Pride parade did not include MPD, and there was a long time with nothing on the route before another, different contingent appeared to step off the parade. None the less, David Thurston got a photo of MPD officers escorted by two Pride staffers marching the route, possibly well ahead of the rest of the parade

Related video: NJNP "Cops off K" march 11PM June 9

David Thurston's photo of armed MPD officers marching on the parade route

Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign pitches camp in Dupont Circle

On the 9th of June, as Capital Pride crowds began to build, the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign pitched camp in Dupont Circle. They had just arrived in DC, ending their march from Kensington, Philadelphia. They marched from the poorest neighborhood in Philly to one of the richest in DC and pitched camp in the circle.

Youtube video:Bruce Wright from the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign speaks at Dupont during Pride(Vision Planet Media, 5:07)

The Poor People's Campaign in Dupont Circle during Pride

Pride festival a mixed bag of corporate and tradtional themes

The June 10, 2018 Capital Pride festival offered a mixed bag of traditional GLBTQ themes and corporate booths. Here more than at the parade the Capital Pride board's refusal to meet demands of No Justice No Pride was on display. An MPD contingent was at the very periphery but present, and recruiters for the CIA and similar agencies were present. Especially disappointing in a world of price-gouging on HIV and similar drugs was the presence of a Gilead Sciences booth: this is the company charging $1,000 a pill for a Hepatitis C drug.

Wells Fargo contingents not seen in DC's least corporate Pride in years

On the 9th of June,Wells Fargo apparently did not march in the Capitol Pride parade. They were not seen from a vantage point near Dupont Circle where every contingent could be seen, and neither they nor MPD appeared on the Pride Guide's list of parade participants. David Thurston reports MPD's "LGBT Liason unit" led the parade, but they were far out front, unknown if they were an official contingent.

Video highlights of the most traditional, least corporate Pride parade in years in DC

Second J20 case ends in mixed mistrials and acquittals

On the 4th of June, the first of four defendents in the second J20 trial group was acquitted of all charges, and all charges dropped against the remaining defendents who were to begin trial that day in another trial group. On the 6th of June, another defendent was acquitted of all but one charge, with the jury deadlocked on the final charge of "participating in a riot." On the 7th of June, the third defendent was acquitted of APO and the jury deadlocked on all other charges. Finally, a mistrial was declared on all counts against the fourth and final defendent, the jury deadlocked.

Unicorn Riot got this photo of a cop who testified at the last J20 trial in this pro-brutality T-shirt

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