The vast majority of “LGBTQ New Yorkers” who have filed complaints with the city alleging police brutality or misconduct in the last five years are either Black or Hispanic, a report released by an independent agency based in New York reported Wednesday.
The report by Civilian Complaint Review Board, or CCRB, found that 50 percent of LGBTQ complainants are Black, 34 percent are Latino, 16 percent are white and about 1 percent are Asian. The organization also documented a complaint from 2013 in which an officer called a civilian a "faggot" and "faggot-ass" and told him to "go back to the hood."
Most of the complaints regard incidents which took place in the West Village, a well-known gay district in Manhattan, according to the report. Meanwhile, 92 percent of officers accused of LGBTQ-related misconduct in the last five years are male.
The report comes after Black Lives Matter refused to take part in the San Francisco Gay Pride on June 26 in response to the increased police presence at the event. The radical Black group cited the disproportionate use of force and discrimination against LGBTQ people of color at the hands of police and other state authorities as their reason for pulling out of the festivities.
The issue of police racism has been a matter of debate in the U.S for years, but mass nationwide protests emerged after the killing of Michael Brown, a Black teen who was fatally shot by a white officer on Aug. 9, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
According to human rights activists and organizations, Black people in the U.S. are more likely to be shot, arrested and imprisoned by police than any other demographic group.