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Consent Decree Targets Police Maltreatment of LGBT Youth in New Orleans

August 22, 2012

New Orleans’ LGBT community celebrates a new victory in its fight for equal treatment under the law. In a recent consent decree between the Department of Justice and the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), the NOPD agrees to “fundamentally change the way it polices the New Orleans community.”

The 124-page legally-binding document marks the culmination of an in-depth investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, which found “reasonable cause to believe that NOPD engages in patterns of misconduct that violate the Constitution and federal law” and that “NOPD practices and deficiencies cause or contribute to these patterns of misconduct.”

Specifically, the consent decree targets a police culture in which being a transgendered youth has been equated with being a prostitute. The consent decree is, in large part, due to efforts of New Orleans’ LGBT community, including BreakOUT!, an organization dedicated to fighting the criminalization of LGBTQ youth in New Orleans.

Read the full consent decree

 

Photo: s falkow, under Creative Commons License.

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