Ongoing & Pervasive Discrimination by Law Enforcement in LGBT Community

Author: The Williams Institute
Published: Friday 13th March 2015 - Updated: Tuesday 28th February 2017
Summary: Discrimination and harassment by law enforcement in the LGBT community, especially among LGBT people of color and transgender.


A new report released today by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law documents ongoing and pervasive discrimination and harassment by law enforcement in the LGBT community, especially among LGBT people of color and transgender individuals.

To address such discrimination and to improve effective policing more generally in the United States, President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing issued recommendations today to build stronger and more collaborative relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

Key findings from the Williams Institute report based on several national surveys include:

Such discrimination, harassment and abuse undermine effective policing by weakening community trust, reducing reporting of crimes by victims in the LGBT community, and challenging law enforcement's ability to effectively meet the needs of members of their communities.

The President's Task Force recommends that local law enforcement agencies;


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