NEW YORK — LGBT residents in the Big Apple are saying the New York Police Department’s “stop-and-frisk” program is unfairly targeting them, NY1, a regional news agency, reported last week.
One trans woman, Johanna Valesquez, told NY1’s Dean Meminger she was arrested after being frisked simply for having condoms in her purse.
Several groups rallied at City Hall on May 3 and said they’re outraged especially when the New York City Health Department gives out free condoms and clean syringes. They say police are arresting people for prostitution or drugs simply because they have condoms or needles in their possession, the article said.
“Arrests for prostitution or promoting prostitution are based on probable cause, and never solely on the presence of condoms, but the presence of condoms can be a relevant piece of evidence that prosecutors use to prove the case,” Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne was quoted as saying by NY1.