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Conflict reported at the Boise Pride Festival

According to police, the conflict was between a protestor and a member from a private security team.

BOISE, Idaho — The first reported conflict of this year's Boise Pride Festival occurred Saturday around noon.

According to Boise Police's Public Information Officer (PIO), Haley Williams, the conflict was between a protestor and a member from a private security team. Police responded to the altercation and escorted the protestor out of the event; the private security member is facing a citation for battery. 

The protestor seemed to sustain injuries during the conflict, and was checked out by onsite emergency medical personnel.

An investigation into the incident is currently ongoing by the Boise Police Department. 

KTVB's Andrew Baertlein was on the scene when the altercation occurred and was able to record this video:

The City of Boise released the following statement about the pride festival Saturday afternoon:

“On behalf of Boise City Council, we are especially honored to participate at Pride this year and present the city’s Pride proclamation on behalf of Mayor McLean to our community members who have worked tirelessly to advocate for Idaho’s transgender community,” said Council President Elaine Clegg. “It is important to recognize publicly that Boise is a welcoming community that strives to lead through love and understanding, even when others choose to lead with hate and fear.”

“In light of ongoing attacks - nationally and right here at home - against our LGBTQIA+ family, friends and neighbors, events like Pride are so important to create a safe space for celebration, love and joy,” said Council Pro Tem Holli Woodings. “We’re excited to be here with you today, in support of all LGBTQIA+ folks who call Idaho home, and know we have a city council that’s fiercely committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive community for everyone”

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