LGBT demonstrators protest over alleged police beating
Over 300 LGBT protesters met in Brooklyn, New York, to protest over the alleged beating of two lesbians at the hands of police.
They held a rally outside the 77th Precinct police house on Saturday to voice their outrage over claims the couple were brutally beaten by police in a homophobic attack.
The incident took place outside a club in Crowne Heights, Brooklyn, where the women were attending a party. The couple say the policemen hurled anti-gay and sexist abuse at them before beating and subsequently arresting them.
Tiffany Jimenez, one of the two women involved, gave a statement at the rally. She said: “All of a sudden the cops are pushing me. Next I was on the floor. I had no shoes on and they threw me on my back. I’m screaming and crying. I was in a dress and they rolled me over and my butt was exposed.”
The second woman involved in the alleged attack claims that several police officers beat her while she was lying on the pavement. They have called for officers to be fired over the incident.
After the rally, a march was led through the streets in which New York City Councillor Leticia James lent her support to the protest.