A NSW parliamentary inquiry into the NSW Police Force's response to gay hate crimes
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In the 1980s, 1990s and 00s many gay men and trans people were beaten and murdered in locations around Sydney because of their sexuality. Some were thrown off cliffs and others were left to die in parks.
When these deaths were discovered or reported, sometimes investigators harboured homophobic and transphobic prejudices themselves, leading to an unwillingness to treat evidence with care, find answers to problems or even investigate at all.
Dowson Turco Lawyers is Australia's out loud and proud LGBTI law firm and is acting for 1989 gay bashing victim Alan Rosendale: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-28/sydney-gay-hate-crimes-still-unsolved/9800046
A parliamentary inquiry will ensure that suspicious deaths of gay men and trans people can be formally reviewed by an independent committee that is tasked with considering the responses of the NSW Police Force at the time. ACON NSW, Alex Greenwich MP and Jenny Leong MP are two of several parliamentarians supportive of an independent inquiry into the reporting, investigation and management of gay and trans bashings and murders.
The victims of these heinous crimes deserve the community's support in identifying police errors and further identifying the perpetrators of violence against the LGBTIQ community. Many offenders are still alive and they work, walk and live among us.
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