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Transgendered Anti-war protester abused by police

From the open publishing newswire: A transgendered female participating in an anti-war protest was singled out, arrested and abused early Friday morning in Portland, Oregon. Local transgenders are upset, and demanding explanations in response to the treatment by the Portland Police and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Dept. In addition, the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition (NTAC) has expressed deep concern at the initial reports of this incident. NTAC's chair, Vanessa Edwards Foster, called the news "especially troubling" and worthy of deeper investigation.

According to eyewitness reports, when police arrived at the Burnside Bridge near downtown Portland on Friday, March 21, they surrounded the crowd in full riot gear. Once in place, they announced over a loud speaker that everyone could leave, and that anyone who chose to remain would be arrested for disorderly conduct. One male -to-female transgender was singled out by authorities for what was called "unwarranted verbal and physical abuse" on multiple occasions, and in front of several witnesses. [ Read More... ]