April 30, 2014 at 3:35 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Trans people sue N.J. police departments
Jersey City Police Department, gay news, Washington Blade, New Jersey

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NORTH BERGEN, N.J. — Two New Jersey police departments face allegations their officers harassed transgender people and discriminated against them.

The Jersey Journal on April 26 reported North Bergen Police Officer Alberto Berovides pulled over Amira Gray last September as she drove on a local road. The 26-year-old from Maryland alleges Berovides said her license was suspended — although he later learned it was valid.

Gray said she told a second officer who responded to the scene that Berovides “has a problem with the way I live.”

In a second lawsuit, a trans man alleges officers with the Jersey City Police Department discriminated against him in 2012 while in custody.

The Jersey Journal reported Shakeem Malik Holmes, 31, had begun to transition from female to male when he was detained at the Jersey City Police Department’s Bureau of Criminal Identification.

He alleges an officer questioned whether he was actually a woman. Holmes said a police sergeant threatened to “put my fist down your throat like a fucking man” while in a cell.

Both police departments denied the allegations.

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