Police Discrimination Against U.S. LGBT Community Pervasive: Report

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Thomson Reuters Foundation via The New York Times
By Maria Caspani
March 4, 2015

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Law enforcement agencies in the United States regularly discriminate against and harass lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, according to researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles.

LGBT people of color and members of the transgender community were most targeted by police officers, according to a report produced by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. The study drew data from various recent national surveys, court cases and anecdotal evidence.

Forty-eight percent of LGBT victims of violence polled in a 2013 survey reported experiencing police misconduct, the UCLA report said. Nearly half of transgender respondents in another national survey said they felt uncomfortable seeking police assistance.

There are some 9.5 million LGBT people in the United States, where sodomy laws existed in every state until 1961.

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