END ANTI LGBTQ VIOLENCE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: CALL TO ACTION PAGE
Call the Department of Justice using the above verbiage or personalize it. Please share the graphic on your social media and within your networks.
"My name is x and I live/work in Hillsborough County, Florida. I am calling because I am deeply concerned about the transphobic treatment of transgender individuals by Sheriff Chad Chronister and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. In November 2020, the Sheriff's Office put transgender woman Jenny DeLeon in a violent chokehold, despite chokeholds being against their own rules. They tazed her and also used transphobic comments toward her. All of this was recorded on a body camera and published widely in the media. In addition, media reports have shown the department has a history of mistreatment of transgender inmates in the county jails. Finally, I'm concerned because the Sheriff's Office has been conducting 1960's anti-gay stings, basically entrapping gay and bisexual men into unnecessary sex stings. I'd like the Department of Justice to investigate all of these things to make sure transgender and queer residents are not treated poorly. Thank you for your consideration."
Demand DOJ Investigate Anti-LGBT Sheriff
We know the Department of Justice is part of the system and that it won't bring us all the solutions we need. However, historically, using the Department of Justice as a strategy to shine light on bad behavior by police departments can at least help with civil investigations and creates a public record of conduct and our dissent.
“Hello, my name is --- and I’m concerned about the ongoing transphobia and homophobia reported in the media about the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office actions towards transgender, gay and queer people. On November 27th, 2020, Jenny DeLeon was choked, tazed and anti-trans statements were made toward her. This body camera footage has been made public in the media and it is brutal. According to the Sheriff’s own policies, the chokehold was against the rules. I believe this was a case of excessive force motivated by anti-trans biases. Please investigate this situation, here is a copy of an article from Huffington Post: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/jenny-deleon-florida-hillsborough-county-sheriff-choking_n_634ee621e4b0e376dc114d95
Our dissent must be on the record. Please send an email to the Sheriff's Office. You can do so by clicking the link or you can generate an email on your own. Feel free to use your own messaging and if you've experienced transphobia or homophobia by the Sheriff's Office personally, please feel free to include your own story, if you feel safe doing so.
Email the Hillsborough County Sheriff and express your concerns about these acts of violence: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Pride started as a resistance, involving leadership by Black and brown transgender sex workers, as well as several drag queens, gay men, lesbians and other queer patrons at Stonewall. The resistance was specifically a challenge to police brutality. Police brutality has not ended: Black and brown people of all orientations and identities face abuse and even fatal violence at the hands of police. All transgender, queer, gay and lesbian people of all backgrounds are also likely to face abuse in jails ran by the Sheriff's Office. We must ask Tampa Pride to reconsider their relationship with the Sheriff's Office in light of these facts and demand they not allow the Sheriff's Office to march in Pride.
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