Saturday, May 21, 2011

Memphis Police Mess With Another Transwoman

Former Memphis police officer Bridges McRae was recently sentenced to two years in jail for beating the late Duanna Johnson while in custody.   Now comes word that trans woman Kiare Newsom was harassed by the Memphis po-po's during a May 12 traffic stop along I-40.  

According to WREG-TV, Newsom now has the support of local advocate Vanessa Rodges-Jones, who says the officers were out of line. "That's sexual harassment, that's embarrassment, that's appalling," Rodgers-Jones says.

Newsom is being represented by Murray Wells, the attorney who handled the case against Bridges McRae.. "Everyone needs to be treated equally and fairly, and be respected for who they are." Wells says.

And it looks like once again the Memphis Police Department will have to learn that lesson the hard way.

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