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2017-02-28 15:07:05

 

Police caught on tape tasing & arresting marcher at transgender rights protest

A demonstration against the Trump administration’s reversal of protections for transgender students in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., drew 100 protesters and resulted in an incident in which local police used a taser to subdue and arrest one marcher, and it was all caught on video.

Video footage show the marcher, surrounded by uniformed police officers, was tased and then carted off to a squad car in handcuffs Friday.

The otherwise peaceful demonstration also focused on anti-trans violence, particularly those targeting trans women of color.

“Trans women, especially trans women of color, are still dying on the streets every single day and marriage is not enough,” said organizer Elijah Drummond.

As South Florida Gay News reported, there were 53 transgender murders reported from 2013 to 2015, but not one was prosecuted or reported as a hate crime. A report by the Human Rights Campaign recommends the government and law enforcement agencies improve their efforts to record, report and prosecute incidents of violence against transgender people.


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