ADDED ON: 08/27/2019

LAPD: anti-Trans DTLA bar incident a potential hate crime

08/26/2019 | Los Angeles Blade

The forceful removal of a group of transgender women and a gay man from a 6th street downtown bar and restaurant last Friday is being investigated as a hate crime, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to the Los Angeles Blade on Monday. LAPD spokesperson Jay Chaves said detectives are following up on the report of the incident filed by responding officers from the department’s Central Division. Khloe Perez-Rios, the manager of Transgeneros Unidas at Bienestar Human Services, who has been serving as a spokesperson for the mistreated trans and gay patrons, told the Los Angeles Blade that the LAPD Sergeant-Supervisor on scene who took the initial report indicated that he had been through LGBTQ sensitivity training and would file a potential hate-crime incident report based on her statements, the cell phone video she recorded and other witness statements. The incident was a surprise since it occurred during the well-publicized annual DTLA Proud two-day festival held in Pershing Square. Eight LGBTQ Bienestar employees had finished working the opening ceremonies of the event Friday night around 9 PM and decided to eat at Las Perlas.

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