Demetrius Anderson, a gay, HIV+ Muslim, is suing the Blue Island Police Department with allegations of excessive force, malicious prosecution and verbal assault - the latter specifically for being an HIV+ gay man.
The story began in April 2009, when Anderson attempted suicide (no details available) and was chased by police and tasered. Anderson claims excessive force, which injured him, and verbal assaults attacking his religion. Later when Anderson was taken from the hospital to booking, he alleges that officers made derogatory comments about his HIV status and sexual orientation. He also reports the disturbing statement, in effect: "Next time you try to kill yourself, jump off a bridge," implying it would "work better."
The lawsuit also specifically charges the police department with negligence, claiming that it failed to train its officers to properly deal with persons suffering from mental illness.
Could this be a test of the newly expanded Hate Crimes Act that includes persons with HIV?