NYPD: Treat Transgender Arrestees with Respect and Dignity
  • Petitioned Paul Browne

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Deputy Commissioner, Public Information
Paul Browne
Chief of Community Affairs
Philip Banks
NYPD Community Affairs Division
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NYPD: Treat Transgender Arrestees with Respect and Dignity

    1. Jordan Rubenstein
    2. Petition by

      Jordan Rubenstein

      Astoria, NY

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June 2012

Victory

From Jordan Rubenstein, Petition Organizer: During the annual New York City Council Pride celebration, the City Council announced several changes to NYPD's policy handling transgender people. According to a news release from the City Council, the changes “create a written policy for the NYPD to follow when addressing, processing, searching and housing gender non-conforming people.” In short, NYPD officers will now be informed that city law prohibits discrimination and harassment based on gender. The new patrol guide is a huge step because it creates guidelines for how NYPD officers must act in their interactions with transgender people.

Transgender woman Temmie Breslauer recently sued the NYPD for mistreatment and discrimination. After she was arrested for illegally using her father's discount fare card for the subway, she was allegedly chained to a wall inside the station house for 28 hours and humiliated by several police officers.

When Breslauer entered the precinct station house, she was reportedly asked whether or not she had sex reassignment surgery, in order for the NYPD to determine where she should be placed. When she explained that she should be allowed access to facilities appropriate to her gender identity, she was chained to a fence and denied access to any sort of humane facilities. During this time, police officers insulted her, made inappropriate comments, and referred to her using male gender pronouns.

Unfortunately, this mistreatment is far from an isolated incident. The NYPD has been sued at least four times for mistreatment of transgender women.

The NYPD should have a policy regarding treatment of transgender arrestees. The policy should include the following points:
1- Transgender people should be treated with respect and officers should never use derogatory words toward them;
2- Their treatment should be equal and fair, based on the crimes they commit, and not based on police officers' personal biases against transgender people;
3- Transgender individuals should be referred to using their preferred pronouns, and placed in facilities based on their gender identity, not the status of their genitals;
4- A transgender person's privacy should be respected. Their operation status should not be questioned, as it is irrelevant.

In order to ensure that treatment is equal and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect, all NYPD staff should undergo a diversity training including information on gender identity and training on the new policy on treatment of transgender people.

Lastly, those officers involved in humiliation, assault, and otherwise inhumane treatment of transgender people should be disciplined for their actions. Discrimination against transgender people should not be tolerated. Appropriately disciplining officers involved will set an example to others that harassment and inappropriate behavior is unacceptable.

Demand that the NYPD act now to protect transgender arrestees from discriminatory treatment.

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    1. NYPD Announced New Policy for Police Interactions with Transgender People!

      Jordan Rubenstein
      Petition Organizer

      During the annual New York City Council Pride celebration, the City Council announced several changes to NYPD's policy handling transgender people. According to a news release from the City Council, the changes “create a written policy for the NYPD to follow when addressing, processing, searching and housing gender non-conforming people.”

      In short, NYPD officers will now be informed that city law prohibits discrimination and harassment based on gender. The new patrol guide is a huge step because it creates guidelines for how NYPD officers must act in their interactions with transgender people.

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    • Leslie Gray OLYMPIA, WA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I'm a trans woman and I resent the fact that law enforcement can get away with abusing someone just because of the way they were born. Trans people were born trans. We didn't choose to dress and act in opposition to our outward gender appearance.

      http://media01.commpartners.com/AMA/sexual_identity_jan_2011/index.html

      Show some respect and do the right thing.

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    • MATTHEW STRAZZZULA BOSTON, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      THEY SHOULD BE TREATED WITH DIGNITY AS ALL PEOPLE SHOULD BE AND UNISEX AND HANDICAPABLE BATHROOMS SHOULD BE AVAILABLE. AND INDIVIDUAL HOLDING CELLS. CAUSE POLICE OFFICERS ARE UNABLE TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS.

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    • Indiana Edwards SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I see nothing much has changed from the Stonewall days. Its 2012 ffs

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    • Elizabeth Michael-Trumbull COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
      • almost 2 years ago

      Treat people as you would want to be treated. Didnt we all learn that when we were 5? It dosesn't exclude anyone. No matter what

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    • Philip Brennan KENAI, AK
      • almost 2 years ago

      American citizens should be treated as American citizens. THAT'S IT! No if and's or buts. Police officers should be held to a higher standard of treating EVERYONE with respect AT ALL TIMES, no matter WHO or WHAT they are. My only problem with this petition is this: There is a reason police split up people in holding based on sex. It ABSOLUTELY depends on your genitals. Forgive me, people, but that is the deciding factor on what your gender is (your genitals). It doesn't matter what you dress like, or what gender you prefer. What matters is weather you have a penis, or a vagina. Think about it this way: a serial rapist decides he wants to be put in a women's prison. All he would have to do is claim to be a woman. Guess what folks! It doesn't matter what he SAYS. He has a penis, he gets locked up with all the other penises! This may sound cold, but I think it's the best way to go. Don't get me wrong. I support all human rights. However, just because you WANT to be the opposite gender, does not mean you are.

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