Monday, February 06, 2012

Another Murder In Washington DC

Another trans-woman was murdered in Washington DC; this brings the total up to 4 in the last 9 months. The Washington Times in an article by Andrea Noble reported that,
A transgender woman died from injuries she suffered when she was stabbed in the head at a bus stop in Northeast, officials said Friday.

The attack occurred around 8 p.m. Thursday at a bus stop near East Capitol and Sycamore streets, Metropolitan Police Department officials said.
Transgender activist Earline Budd, who is among those working with police, said the woman was approached by a man at the bus stop and the two got into an argument. The argument turned physical, at which point the man attacked her.
Meanwhile in New York,
In NYPD Custody, Trans People Get Chained to Fences and Poles
By Anna North
Feb 2, 2012
A trans woman says that when she was arrested for a minor subway violation, NYPD officers belittled her, called her names, asked about her genitals — and kept her chained to a fence for 28 hours. Now she's suing. And it turns out she's far from alone.
Breslauer's suit names the City of New York, Officer Shah, and several other officers as defendants. It accuses them of assault, battery, false imprisonment, and violation of Breslauer's civil rights, and asks for compensatory and punitive damages. And this isn't the first time the NYPD has been accused of mocking and abusing a trans person. In October, Justin Adkins, director of the Multicultural Center at Williams College, was arrested for protesting on the Brooklyn Bridge as part of Occupy Wall Street. At The Bilerico Project, he reports almost exactly the same treatment that Breslauer got. When a male officer found out Adkins was trans, he asked Adkins what he "had down there."…
To paraphrase Kermit the frog, “It’s hard being trans.” Not only do you take your life in your hands every time you go out in public, but those who are sworn to “Serve and Protect” don’t.

I have friend who was vacationing down in Florida with her girlfriend and when they came out of a night club there were four guys who read her as trans and they started calling faggot and other names. As they keep walking by the men and trying to ignore them, one of them grabbed her and started to push her around and then hitting her. When the police arrived the men said that she started, guess who the police believed.

Update 2/7/12 8:14AM : Police Release Video of 'Person of Interest'

Police released video from a nearby traffic camera depicting an individual who is being described as a "person of interest."

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