Day 6 – Improve police/trans relationships
Help improve relationships between the police and trans people.
Because of past police misconduct against trans people — including profiling, verbal harassment and physical violence, use of excessive force, or unjust detention — many trans victims of violence will not report what happened to law enforcement. In the large Injustice at Every Turn 2011 study, one-fifth of transgender people reported experiencing harassment while interacting with police, and almost half described feeling uncomfortable seeking police help. Not reporting means the perpetrator remains free to commit violence against someone else.
We recognize that MANY people are unable to work on improving relationships between police and trans communities because of how much they have been harmed or how fearful they are of potential police misconduct.
For those who are able to work on improving police/trans relationships, you can start to address this problem by:
- Sharing with your local law enforcement agencies a copy of a June 2015 FBI article on transgender people and law enforcement: https://leb.fbi.gov/2015/june/law-enforcement-and-transgender-communities
- Assisting your local law enforcement agency to develop a protocol for working with transgender people. One example, from Washington, D.C., is at https://go.mpdconline.com/GO/GO_501_02.pdf
- Suggesting your local law enforcement watch a training video (10 mins.) for law enforcement, such as this one from Chicago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58JMQmS-vno, or this 40-minutes one: http://www.jpmaweb.com/test/transgender/player.html
- Organizing a community event to watch and discuss FORGE’s webinar “Strategies for Improving Trans-Police Relations” with guest presenter Jason Terry: http://forge-forward.org/event/law-enforcement/
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