Jul 2, 2009
commented on Fort Worth: Police Chief Promises Kinder, Gentler Homophobic Bar Raids
A butch friend of mine was arrested by a rookie cop looking for a man. Luckily, the rest of the officers of the local police force were regulars at her coffee shop. When they saw their favorite barista in cuffs because of a case of mistaken gender, they laughed at the rookie. Two years later, he's still getting made fun of and my friend is a police officer.
What is sensitivity training? I think it should be learning that making judgments based on someone's appearance will haunt you for the rest of your career and eventually that person will be given more respect then you ever will. This is of course assuming your mistake was only one of stupidity.
I think sensitivity training for violent, homophobic police officers should be the loss of their badge, their gun and some time behind bars so they understand the true criminal nature of their actions.
Jul 2, 2009
commented on Fort Worth Police Chief: That Faggot Had It Coming
This makes me truly scared. I work for a pro-choice reproductive and health services provider in the Midwest. Since the death of Dr. Tiller, we have been lucky to have local police ready to enforce the law and keep us safe. I am endlessly grateful to them for making it safe for me to go to work. But then there are other officers out there, who rather than enforce the law use brute force and a badge to beat and batter people who they dislike. As a pro-choice woman, it makes me worry I can't trust the police to protect me from an armed anti-choice extremist. As a gay woman, it makes me worry I could be a target for police brutality if I am at the wrong place at the wrong time.
I look over my shoulder to check for anti-choice terrorists, but now I also worry I should have to check over my shoulder for an officer who hides his homophobia behind a badge. Who will protect us and how can we protect ourselves?