10/20 anti-police brutality @ LGBT Center

10/20 anti-police brutality @ LGBT Center

Amnesty International”s OUTFRONT Program has just published a groundbreaking report entitled:

Stonewalled: Police Abuse and Misconduct Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People in the US. The report focused on police brutality cases in 4 cities: New York, Chicago, LA, and San Antonio.

On September 22, 2005 at Amnesty International’s Offices in the 4 cities, they hosted a press conference announcing the publication of this report.

OUTFRONT organizers would like to invite the entire community to a community event to be held on October 20, 6 pm, at the LGBT Center in Manhattan. There they would detail the main elements of their report, their will be testimonies from the community, as well as music, performances and poetry.

The Police Brutality Resource Guide will be available for distribution at the event, and will also be made available via OUTFRONT”s website. Download the form from:  http://www.easy-sharing.com/20407/OUTFRONT Resource Guide Form.doc.html


The Event

The event will feature speakers from October 22nd Coalition Against Police Brutality and Repression of a Generation, FIERCE, Audre Lorde Project, Sylvia Law Project, STONEWALL Veterans Association, Picture the Homeless as well as Amnesty International’s OUTFRONT Project members.

The community at large is strongly encouraged to give testimonials of their own experiences. If you would like to give testimony of a police brutality incident that happened to you or anyone else you know please contact Kenta at OUTFRONT at (646) 356-8500 or email  pbnycaction@aiusa.org to be added to the program.

There will be a short video presentation showing footage of police harassment and abuse, testimonies, music and poetry.


To learn more about Amnesty International’s Outfront Project, please click on the following link:

 http://www.amnestyusa.org/outfront/stonewalled/index.html


Excerpts from Stonewalled:

Only 17% of police departments report having specific policies on same-sex domestic violence.
Only 24% of police departments report having a policy regarding strip searches of transgender persons.
14% of police departments report having an affirmative action hiring practice for LGBT individuals.
72% of police departments report having no policy regarding interactions with transgender people