Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Coalition to Stop False Arrests of Gay Men in NYC

There has been an epidemic in New York City of false arrests of gay men under the guise that they were solicited by prostitutes who were really undercover cops. Several adult porn shops and bookstores catering to men have been the target of the New York Police Dept. It is said that an attractive officer is sent to flirt with middle-aged gay men. The allegations are that the officer entices the man to have sex with him, and just before they leave the shop the officer says he wants to pay the man for sexual favors. Without knowing whether the man would agree to payment, the police surround the man and accuse him with attempt to do business with a prostitute.

Christine Quinn the NYC Council Speaker has called these “false arrests.” This raises serious questions as to why the NYPD is targeting gay adult shops, and why they are arresting people under these charges. The LGBT community has faced scrutiny from the police before, including bar raids, and trans-women being accused of prostitution simply for the way they dress and express themselves.

Outrage Over False Arrests Rally
Saturday, Feb 21st, 4pm Sheridan Sq, Christopher & Grove Sts.

For more info and to get involved please contact:

Coalition to Stop the Arrests
Robert Pinter, Coordinator
212-674-3495
STOPTHEARRESTS@aol.com

9 comments:

Zac in CA said...

Wow, it looks like the NYPD is trying to go retro ... sounds like the 70's all over again! We have to do something about this abuse.

Laurie said...

Oh great....Closet cops....
That's the only thing I can think of...
Couldn't get a blowjob for free...HA!

TACKLE YOU HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

truthspew said...

Part of the problem is that NYPD is a humungous police force. Command and control really breaks down past a few hundred.

Put it this way, Providence, RI has about 200,000 people in it during the night which swells to about 400,000 during the day. Lets take the lower limit for our calculations.

The PD here is comprised of 500+ sworn officers. That gives a ratio of 400:1

So NYPD with 8 million people would have 20,000 cops. Good luck managing all of them. You'll have some that are so far from the chain of command that they'll do anything they please.

Anonymous said...

Creepy cops....don't let it spread

Anonymous said...

Ugly. Don't like this. LGBT also hate this. Look at those LGBT of Bimingle dotcom. Most like to lead to relationship but not hook up

Anonymous said...

I hope that the men who were recently arrested for "prostitution" at gay venues in NYC know that it may be possible for them to expunge their records at some point in the future. It is particularly important that the men who pleaded guilty without benefit of legal counsel know this, and a clean record in this day of draconian background checks is important for employment and other purposes.

Anonymous said...

Hey, do you think you guys could create a facebook page? I'd love to encourage my friends to join one if you do.

Anonymous said...

The abuses by Vice are not limited to the Gay Community. Vice has also been on a rampage against straight adult entertainment (strip clubs, lap dance parties) and the fetish world (S&M dungeons, foot fetish parties). It is time to band together and "slice Vice" by initiating a voter referendum to eliminate all funding for Vice. Why cut funding for health care, education and the fire department, when the fascist Vice enforcement Squad is so fully funded?

Anonymous said...

The worst part about these prostitution raids is the harm caused by Vice Enforcment Squads themselves. Let us not forget that Sean Bell was murdered in 2006 by undercover Vice Police investigating prostitution as he was leaving a Queens strip club. 50 bullets riddled Sean Bell and his two black friends who are now maimed for life, and the City is facing a $50 million dollar civil lawsuit.

The Hot Lap Dance Club on West 38th Street in Manhattan was raided in July 2008 for alleged prostitution activity and for staging live lesbian sex shows. On the night of the Vice Police raid, a large crowd of dancers and customers were terrorized by dozens of Vice police in full riot gear who came charging in brandishing loaded semi-automatic hand guns. By staging a police raid on a busy Thursday night, the Vice Police again displayed reckless indifference to human life. A controversy with a customer during the police raid could have easily resulted in another barrage of police bullets and a significant loss of innocent human lives.

The gay community needs to protect itself before one day innocent gay men or women are murdered by the Vice Police!

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