Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

Second Attack by DC Police on Trans Individuals

Filed By Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 27, 2011 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: DC police, Jason Terry, off-duty police officer, trans hate crime, transgender women

''This is the second case where an off-duty police officer has attacked a member of the transgender community.''

--Jason Terry, of the DC Trans Coalition, after an intoxicated off-duty police officer fired on and injured two transgender women and left an unidentified male in critical condition, calling for a rally to be held this evening addressing anti-trans violence and increased accountability by DC police.

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And this is why many of us have difficulty with trusting cops. I hope this idiot gets fired and locked up, they'll really like him in prison.

Britney Austin | August 30, 2011 1:42 AM

Sadly it seems like police officers are held to be above the law. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that they aren't obligated to protect you. Half of the time when you call them they don't help you and instead harass and interrogate you as if you are the suspect instead of the victim. Then when an officer kills someone he is usually given a paid administrative leave and then he is returned to active duty with no consequences.

Yet civilians who defend themselves against others are often arrested, convicted, and imprisoned. It seems to me that police officers can do whatever they want to civilians including blowing their heads off but a civilian cannot do anything to a police officer even in self defense.

I don't think this is limited to D.C. but happens all over the country. It isn't necessarily limited to transgender or transsexual people either. However, I do think the police who engage in this abusive behavior often do target those they consider to be more socially ostracized. They figure that if they beat up a homeless transgender woman that she will be less likely to sue them successfully than if they beat up a doctor who happens to have connections with the city mayor.

I know some police officers who are very nice and professional but as a whole I do not trust them. This is supposed to be a free country. Respect is to be earned and until the police overall start behaving in a way where the citizenry respects them, the people will continue to distrust law enforcement.

I actually feel safer around felons than I do police officers. That's pretty sad.