San Diego Police are not ‘pigs’Bottom Highlights, Conversations with the Mayor of Hillcrest, Latest Issue Thursday, April 27th, 2017
Commentary: Conversations with the Mayor of Hillcrest
The anti-police and chanting of “pigs” demonstrations at our LGBT Center against trans San Diego Police Officer Christine Garcia sadly did not stop there. We are in the age of social media and there has continued to be anti-police and Officer Garcia posting for all to see. Postings like “Abolish the police” and “F_ _ k her and f _ _ k all other pigs, She is no sister of mine” etc., but the worse was a cemetery tombstone with a skeleton head wearing a police officer cap that promoted “The only good cop is a dead cop”. Officer Garcia wasn’t the only LGBT police officer in attendance the night of the Transgender Day of Empowerment at The LGBT Center; there were about six LGBT officers including Police Sergeant Dan Meyer and S.D. County Deputy Sheriff David Meyers. Trans Police Cadet Lilly Rubenstein was also in attendance and was subjected to the hate.
The good news is that a vast majority of our community has rightfully been outraged at the anti-police incident at our Center, but about a dozen are continuing their attacks and hate through social media. It is a well-known fact that for the last two decades the biggest ovations given out to contingents in our LGBT Pride Parade by the crowds along the way are for PFLAG and San Diego law enforcement contingents.
We all know that these few radical extremist LGBT activists do not speak for our entire community, but their hate speech has definitely had its effect on all of our LGBT law enforcement officers and their families in San Diego County and I have heard from many of them, as well as non-LGBT officers.
So here are some facts: Of the dozens of transgender people murdered across America these last decades, not one has been by a police officer. Sadly, many of the trans murders have been committed by the victims’ boyfriends, dates or just plain homophobes.
In San Diego, under such Police Chiefs as Jerry Sanders, Bill Lansdowne and now Shelley Zimmerman the working relationship with the LGBT community and the Police Department has been near outstanding. This includes our County Sheriff Bill Gore, who put in place the first LGBT Advisory Board and working with Carolina Ramos and Connor Maddocks, has installed a new trans protocol in all of San Diego jails for the treatment of trans inmates. Police Chief Zimmerman and Sheriff Bill Gore have given out their private cell numbers to many LGBT leaders and so have Police Officer Christine Garcia and Sgt. Meyer, to any of their fellow LGBT brothers and sisters who have complaints or have been subjected to any police mistreatment.
Attention LGBT community! As I have done for decades if any of you feel you have been mistreated by any police officers or deputy sheriffs contact me at: SDEmperorXL@yahoo.com or 619-241-5672.
Let me make it very clear that I absolutely know that there are some racist, homophobic, sexist police officers and police departments across this country. Yes in the 1970s I was not only beaten by San Diego Police officers but also the Los Angeles Police … and I led demonstrations against the San Diego Police and Sheriff Departments. I have gone on record about the police treatment of Will Waters (who recently committed suicide) and testified on his behalf in court. As I’ve said there are bad police officers, ministers, school teachers etc. But every day our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for all of us. And just recently the terrorist killing of openly gay Police Officer Xavier Jugelé in Paris, France was a reminder of what our LGBT police officers and all officers face.
Police Sgt. Dan Meyer and Officer Christine Garcia are going to be honored at the upcoming annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast in San Diego May 19 and I know that they will both feel the respect and admiration of the over 1,000 San Diegans who will be in attendance.
To radical trans anti-police activists CZ Firestone and A.T. Furuya (who is on our LGBT Center staff) I can honestly say that the vast majority of your community does not support your extremist views and actions. Period.
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