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(VIDEO) Three transgender people allege abuse at Miami jail

The Transgender Legal Defense And Education Fund Sent A Letter To Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava Yesterday. The  Complaint Centered On Three transgender people that suffered alleged abuse at a Miami jail last year after police arrested them during Black Lives Matter protests.

The Transgender Legal Defense And Education Fund Sent A Letter To Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava Yesterday. The  Complaint Centered On Three transgender people that suffered alleged abuse at a Miami jail last year after police arrested them during Black Lives Matter protests. They said Christian Pallidine, a college student who identifies as a trans man, was attending a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Miami on May 31, 2020, when Miami-Dade police officers arrested him and charged him with violating a county-wide curfew. Pallidine arrived at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center a short time later, and the letter notes personnel abused him because of his gender identity. The letter to the mayor said “The staff at TGK subjected Mr. Pallidine to degrading and outrageous treatment because he is transgender. TGK staff forced him to strip and display his genitals in front of a group of officers — part of a series of invasive, pseudo-medical, sexualized procedures conducted on him for no legitimate purpose. TGK staff also belittled Mr. Pallidine, publicized his transgender status to others, asked gratuitous questions about his anatomy, and called him derogatory names.” The letter, among other things, notes Pallidine underwent an examination that “focused solely on his transgender status” and it “took place in a public area where others could easily see and hear him and the person questioning him.” The letter says the officer who conducted the exam asked him “multiple questions about his genitals and plans for future medical care, such as, ‘Do you want a penis in the future?” Pallidine alleges he was forced to take a pregnancy test “because of his genitals” and officers mocked him because of his gender identity. Pallidine also says officers forced him to undergo a strip search and placed him in solitary confinement before his release. Jae Bucci and Gabriela Amaya Cruz on July 19, 2020, attended a rally and march for Black trans women in downtown Miami. Miami-Dade police officers brought them to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center after they arrested them. Both walked through similar examples of their anti-trans treatment by the officers and staff. A virtual press conference organized by TLDEF, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Harvard LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic discussed all three incidents. Currently there has not been an official response from the Miami-Dade County mayor’s office.

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