TLDEF Testifies About NYPD Stop & Frisk Procedures

On April 30, 2009, TLDEF Staff Attorney Dru Levasseur testified before the Committee on Public Safety and the Committee on Civil Rights of the New York State Assembly about the New York City Police Department's stop and frisk procedures and their impact on transgender New Yorkers.  Many transgender people report being stopped by police merely for appearing transgender in public.  Many report being subject to overly-invasive frisks, which are sometimes inappropriately performed for the sole purpose of determining a person's gender.  Transgender people deserve to be treated with the same dignity and respect as all New Yorkers.  Stop and frisk cannot become an excuse for harassment or abuse.  Other cities, such as Washington, D.C., Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Toronto, have added specific protections for transgender people with regard to stop and frisk procedures.  New York City should follow their lead.  Click here to read TLDEF's testimony.