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Protest Planned at NYC Mayor's Residence over NYPD Sex Shop Stings

A group called Coalition to Stop the Arrests is planning a weekend protest at the residence of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the city's upper east side.

MayorshouseSays a statement from the group: "In an overzealous and illegal effort to close down adult video stores in Manhattan, the New York Police Department has been found to be engaging in the false arrests of gay male patrons of these stores, charging them with prostitution. The cops then cite the establishments for condoning illegal activity and the City sues to shut them down as public nuisances. Scores of innocent men have been swept up in these false arrests, documented in the Gay City News. Young undercover cops go up to middle-aged gay men, cruise them, ask for consensual sex, and then offer to pay the older men to have sex with them. Though none of the men agree to the offer, they are then arrested by a gang of undercover cops and put through the system. None of the men have prior arrests. And while only 17% of male prostitutes arrested in NYPD's Manhattan South district are over 40 years old, 66% of the men arrested at the Blue Door video store are. The legitimacy of these arrests is inconceivable. It also casts doubt on arrests at other targeted stores. These false arrests have been condemned by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Council Member Rosie Mendez and State Senator Tom Duane. Mayor Bloomberg must put a stop to these arrests now and bring the rogue cops engaging in these crimes to justice."

Gay City News reported yesterday "Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau has agreed to meet with community leaders about the false arrests of gay men for prostitution at Manhattan porn stores. Duane said, 'I told him why it so important to meet and why the community is up in arms about this and he agreed,' though an exact date has not been set yet."

The action Saturday, at 17 E. 79th Street, is scheduled to take place from noon to 1 pm.

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  1. I know that there are out Gay Cops in NYC. Where are they? Why do they put up with this?

    Posted by: PiggyBear | Feb 12, 2009 3:19:58 PM

  2. This is just an outrage. What is wrong with the people who are running the city? Don’t they read their own laws and understand history. I have nothing against a police officer enforcing laws that I don’t agree with. It is the subjective use of these laws that should not be tolerated. It sounds like someone in the New York Police Department does not like gay people. In 1952 Dale Jennings was entrapped by the Los Angles police. Being a founding member of the Mattachine Society, with Harry Hay, they fought and won the entrapment case.


    Posted by: Daya | Feb 12, 2009 3:28:15 PM

  3. I thought this crap went away with Giuliani. The next question is, who ordered this homophobic witch hunt?

    Posted by: David R. | Feb 12, 2009 3:50:18 PM

  4. This does not surprise me.
    All new yorkers (or anyone)who can make it, please come.
    Bloomberg is a menace to this city.
    He spends more time in his million dollar home than gracie mansion
    Hizzoner believes his money can buy anything inluding a 3rd term.
    Stop the insanity, stop the discrimination of the NYPD

    Posted by: daveynyc | Feb 12, 2009 3:56:46 PM

  5. Like I said in another post (which was met with much dismay)...The South gets a bad rap, New York City is one of the most homophobic places I've visited. You won't get called a 'fag' more than that city. NYC fags, you're loosing your city and place in it.

    Posted by: Kyle | Feb 12, 2009 4:36:36 PM

  6. Kyle you probably havent been to this city but maybe one or two times in your whole life time.Your opinion is irrelevant and bias.Shut the fuck up.You obviously have no idea what the hell you're talking about

    Posted by: DJ | Feb 12, 2009 5:20:46 PM

  7. I hope to see you all at 79th between 5th and Mad on Saturday at noon!!!

    Posted by: Badiing | Feb 12, 2009 6:31:07 PM

  8. DJ spoken like a classy, respectful, and dignified New Yorker.

    ...with family members like you representing us, it's no wonder the city may be skewed toward homophobia.

    Posted by: Kyle | Feb 12, 2009 8:49:23 PM

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