Monday, April 29, 2019
TKC MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY TRANS COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS ACCUSE POLICE OF BRUTALITY AFTER UMKC PROTEST!!!
The city college campus remains mired in controversy following a presentation wherein lavender oil and tough talk went flying everywhere . . .
The real life postscript . . .
The Hill: University student charged over spraying conservative speaker at anti-transgender speech
However, our blog community shares a relevant note from TRANS activists that has been heretofore ignored . . . The upshot:
LOCAL TRANS COMMUNITY LEADERS ACCUSE KCPD OF BRUTALITY!!!
Here's a link to and a portion of recent testimony from the UMKC student in question in a UNEWS letter that was largely overlooked:
"I can’t remember much after the third or fourth tasering, but at the same time, I can’t stop having flashbacks about what happened and find myself stuck watching the videos of myself being beaten on repeat. I’ve seen stories about police brutality before, but it’s hard to accept that it’s moved from just something you just hear about on the news to your actual life. Even without the flashbacks, the general feeling of being trapped hasn’t gone away."
"I couldn’t sleep in jail, between the non-stop fluorescent lights, the television (which the guards refused to turn off) and being surrounded by men much older and much stronger than me. Then when I got released, I had to walk alone, all the way from downtown to UMKC. I kept telling myself that I would be strong enough to take on whatever happened next, and I thought when I got back that I was in the clear until my trial."
"But the suspension and my deadnaming in the media made it seem like I just got transferred from one prison to another. I’m having difficulty finding and affording a lawyer to take up my case, and anything I say in my defense could also be used against me. The online harassment has me scared to go outside, and I’ve spent most of my time between meetings with organizers, phone calls and just being curled up in my room."
Even more importantly, check the perspective from activists on the altercation . . .
We Will Not Be Forced Back into the Closet: A Statement from the KC Trans Community
"The admin, campus police and KCPD ignored requests from the student body to protect those most at risk, and instead went after the trans students who were there speaking up and protesting in defense of their humanity. Many of us were pepper sprayed, kicked and punched by the police."
And so we ask . . .
ARE TRANS ACTIVISTS CORRECT IN CLAIMING POLICE BRUTALITY OR ARE THEY DEFENDING POLITICAL THREATS BY WAY OF FANCY SOAP?!?
You decide . . .