Are You Black, Gay, and Driving a Lincoln? Stay Out of Cohoes, NY

New York Copblocker, Stay out of Cohoes Adam Rupeka of Capitol District Cop Block was out policing the police, and he came across multiple officers who had pulled over a female driver. The lady had just made a quick trip to the store, and when she was returning to her vehicle noticed the police circling the block. She thinks she was profiled for being black, or gay possibly both.

Two officers are searching the car, and trunk, and two others are talking to passengers as Adam comes on scene, but it looks like 4-5 cars are parked in the right lane blocking traffic for the stop. The officers involved were intent of finding something in order to criminalize these people, that is evident by the thorough search of the passenger area, removing the carpet lining in the trunk, and even going as far as to pop the hood, and check the engine compartment.

The lady went free, but regardless she was violated. What business is it of theirs what she has in her trunk, or under her hood? If they don’t have reasonable suspicion, or probable cause they shouldn’t even be asking for entrance.

Racial profiling is defined as a 

discriminatory practice by law enforcement officials of targeting individuals for suspicion of crime based on the individual’s race, ethnicity, religion or national origin.

New York is especially bad with racial profiling, having instituted an unconstitutional law that allows for the officers to stop, and frisk people they feel might be criminals. Homosexual profiling is an understated issue in law enforcement, as much of the debate revolves around use of force, and sexual abuse. I found an article regarding the profiling of homosexuals in New York City and the extra attention being homosexual brings you from the police.

In 2007 Lambda Legal conducted a survey on government misconduct towards the LGBT community. The numbers were astounding.

73 percent of LGBT individuals reported an encounter with a law-enforcement officer over the preceding year.

Lambda Legal has been fighting hard for the equal rights of the LGBT community for a while, with high profile lawsuits against various departments including:

  • Westchester County Police in New York for releasing sealed information—including names, photos, towns of residence, and original arrest charges—about more than a dozen men whose charges had been dropped, as part of “Operation Overexposed,” a police sting targeting gay men.
  • Atlanta Police Department for aggressively and illegally raiding a gay bar called the Atlanta Eagle. During the raid, police detained and searched the bar’s patrons, forced them to lie face-down on the floor, and subjected them to verbal abuse. Not a single patron was charged with any crime as a result of that raid.
  • Johnson City Police Department (JCPD) in Tennessee for issuing a press release that included photos of 40 men arrested in a public sex sting. Lambda Legal reviewed hundreds of news releases issued by the JCPD and found that no other release about arrests included photos. Lambda Legal client, Kenneth Giles said he lost his job because of the publicity about his arrest.

Their study concluded that most LGBT interactions with police can be described in the two broad categories of misconduct or unsatisfactory, proving that the police are less inclined to treat you the same way they would someone who is heterosexual.


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Brian Sumner

is an Activist, Journalist and Photographer from the Fresno area who has taken a special interest in the "Police State". He facilitates a watchdog group called the Fresno Liberty Movement, advocates filming the police and alternatives to state controlled protection services. He also served in the U.S Army from Oct. 08' thru Mar. 12' with a tour in Iraq in 2010. Most recently he participated in the CopBlock Network's #MACtour Check out more of my writing at: The Fresno People's Media & Follow me on Social media: Facebook YouTube