Bil Browning

Police and LGBT folk

Filed By Bil Browning | September 22, 2005 3:06 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement

Today Amnesty International released the most comprehensive report to date on police abuse and mistreatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

"Stonewalled: Police abuse and misconduct against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the U.S." is a nationwide study highlighting four cities - Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City and San Antonio - where the impact of policing policies and practices on LGBT communities are studied in greater depth.

Amnesty International conducted over 170 interviews and collected over 200 testimonies showing that the targeting of LGBT people for police abuse and misconduct is a persistent and widespread problem in the US. AI's research also shows that certain populations within the LGBT population - young people, immigrants, the homeless, sex workers, transgender people and people of color - experience a heightened risk of discrimination at the hands of the police.

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