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Just Treatment of Transgender People in NYPD Custody

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Dear Police Commissioner Ray Kelly c/o the New York Police Department, We, members of New York City’s transgender communities, community organizations, advocates, and allies, ask that you implement changes in the New York City Police Department (NYPD) policies that would improve our safety in interactions with the police. Specifically, we insist that you adopt the “Proposed Policy for the Treatment of Transgender People in NYPD Custody” and the associated changes to the NYPD patrol guide, submitted to the NYPD in April 2009. Transgender New Yorkers report experiencing verbal harassment, disproportionate arrests for ‘quality of life’ offenses, invasive and unlawful searches for the purpose of determining gender, and housing placement in NYPD custody that could expose them to harassment and violence while in NYPD custody. To respond to these needs, a group of New York City based community organizations and individuals – including those who have personally come into contact with the NYPD – came together to propose comprehensive changes to the NYPD patrol guide. We drew on our own experiences as well as on the policies of cities that have led the way in addressing interactions between police and transgender communities, including Washington, D.C.; San Francisco, California; Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; and Toronto, Ontario. The result of this work is reflected in the Proposed Policy for the Treatment of Transgender People in NYPD Custody that includes: *NYPD officers will refer to an arrestee with the name and pronouns the arrestee has used to identify him or herself and not require proof of an individual’s gender or challenge an individual’s gender identity. *NYPD officers will refrain from using slurs or making lewd, derogatory, or harassing remarks based on gender (including gender identity and expression), sex, or sexual orientation. *NYPD officers will not ask personal questions about gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation or practices, or medical history unless necessary for an investigation. *NYPD officers will not construe gender identity or expression as evidence that an individual has engaged in prostitution or any other crime. *Under no circumstances shall NYPD officers frisk or search any person for the purpose of determining that person’s gender or to view or touch the person’s genitals. *Placement decisions about a transgender arrestee will be based on a determination of where the individual will be safest
. The NYPD is failing to meet constitutional standards of treatment for transgender people in police custody. Instead, transgender New Yorkers have experienced unjust and inhumane practices that violate their rights. By adopting these policy recommendations, the NYPD can take a necessary step closer to fulfilling its own promise of courtesy, professionalism, and respect for the transgender community and all New Yorkers. We demand your leadership on this issue and the immediate implementation of the Proposed Policy for the Treatment of Transgender People in NYPD Custody. Sincerely, The Undersigned.

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  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Nov 19, 2016
    Nov 19, 2016
    A teachable moment, ILLEGAL ALIEN TERMINOLOGY: The 14th Amendment-
    Illegal alien is the CORRECT TERM, for those who sneak into our country in violation of our immigration laws.
    TO CLARIFY, an ALIEN is any person who is NOT a citizen or natural of the United States. An IMMIGRANT is an alien admitted to the United States as a LAWFUL permanent resident.
    An ILLEGAL ALIEN is someone who enters the United States WITHOUT immigration inspection or WITHOUT an appropriate visa authorizing entry.
    The term illegal immigrant is often used interchangeably with illegal alien. However, the CORRECT TERM for a person entering the United States UNLAWFULLY is ILLEGAL ALIEN.
    The politically-correct phrase UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT has NO LEGAL BASIS – it is simply a TERM USED by those WHO SUPPORT OPEN BORDERS as an attempt to reframe terminology used in the immigration debate.
    The Fourteen (14) Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is currently MISINTERPRETED to GIVE citizenship to children born in the United States of ILLEGAL ALIEN parents. These children, via their birthright citizenship, act as ANCHOR BABIES and can, upon reaching the age of majority, facilitate bringing their extended family into the U.S. in order to obtain citizenship. Although some experts believe that a Constitutional amendment would be necessary to remedy the misinterpretation, many believe that CONGRESSIONAL ACTION would be SUFFICIENT and is URGENTLY warranted.

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