Port authority is sued for arresting gay men unlawfully

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: A police vehicle sits parked along Eighth Avenue at 35th street on November 12, 2015 in New York City. The area on the West Side of a rapidly gentrifying Manhattan has become a hold out to the violent and crime-ridden New York City of the 70's, 80's and early 1990's. With a methadone clinic attracting thousands of clients and its proximity to both the Port Authority bus station and Penn Station, the area receives a large number of transients and people still struggling with drug use. Violence and a high number of arrests still plague the area only blocks from the tourist attractions of Times Square. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey currently stands as a defendant in a court of law for arresting gay men without any legal reason to do it, AP reports. The lawsuit claims that police officers patrol the bus station bathrooms, attempt to gain the interest of men perceived as gay or bi and then charge them of crimes they did not commit. It was filed on behalf of plaintiffs by Winston and Strawn LLP and the Legal Aid Society. It reads: “The PAPD have continued to make such targeted arrests knowing or believing that most of those arrested will ultimately be forced to plead to lesser charges to avoid public embarrassment and humiliation, costly legal fees, and jail sentences, as well as reputational and professional harm associated with the false charges”. “The use of police assets and resources in this unconstitutional and unconscionable way is particularly stunning in light of the world in which we live,” said Thomas Patrick Lane, partner with Winston & Strawn. The authorities are yet to comment the situation.


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