“My concern was with regards to a young transgender college student who was harassed at night going to and from a class- not in any way involved in prostitution- but being profiled because of being transgender.” Councilmember-At-Large Jason Williams
On June 25th, Chief Serpas and the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) presented budget information in front of the City Council Criminal Justice Committee and answered questions regarding NOPD spending as well as progress of policing reforms.
Recently elected Councilmember-At-Large Jason Williams, questioned Chief Serpas regarding our recent presentation in front of the City Council Community Development Committee just a few days prior:
“We very recently here at City Hall had several members of the LGBTQ community who believe that they are being disproportionately discriminated against by NOPD officers currently and in the past….I was very disturbed to find the number of incidences of profiling for potential Vice crimes because someone was a transgender individual especially at a time when our manpower is at an all-time low…We certainly don’t need officers spending time on potential Vice profiling…particularly knowing that it is unconstitutional.”
“My concern was with regards to a young transgender college student who was harassed at night going to and from a class- not in any way involved in prostitution- but being profiled because of being transgender.”
Great job to BreakOUT! members for bravely sharing each other’s stories and lifting up the voices of transgender youth in New Orleans!
You can hear Chief Serpas defend police practices and discuss the use of body cameras on police officers in the clip above.
You can find full video from the June 25th City Council meeting, as well as the agenda and NOPD budget documents here.