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EXTENSIVE POLICE ABUSE OF GAYS IN U.S. -- A New Report from Amnesty Int'l

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Amnesty International today issued a first-of-its kind report on police abuse and brutality directed against gay people in America. Entitled Stonewalled: Police abuse and misconduct against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the US, the Amnesty report is based on a survey of the 50 largest police deparments in the country, and hundreds of interviews and testimonies.

Amnesty found that "there is a heightened pattern of misconduct and abuse of transgender individuals and all LGBT people of color, young people, immigrants, the homeless and sex workers by police. At times, the mere perception that someone is gay or lesbian provokes physical or verbal attacks."

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