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Activists protested Thursday against what they describe as inadequate police response to crimes against the transgender community.
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Activists protested Thursday against what they describe as inadequate police response to crimes against the transgender community.

Advocates for the rights of transgender people called for a day of action to decry how the D.C. Police interact with members of that community.

Several dozen transgendered rights activists protested against what they called biased policing in the District. They say the closure rate for crimes against transgendered victims is much lower than for similar crimes against non-trans victims.

“Our city doesn’t take these crimes seriously," says Cyndee Clay, a transgender activist. "It's really unfortunate, but they just don’t seem to care about this group of individuals."

She says that while high-ranking officials meet with trangender activists on a regular basis, she doesn't think they put the resources on the ground or give officers the sensitivity training needed to deal with the issues the community is having. She'd like to see more resources dedicated to tracking and closing crimes against transgender victims, and increased accountability for officers that engage in biased policing.

These demands were delivered to the Chief of Police, the U.S. Attorney for the District, the mayor and city council.

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