The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) will hold a Press Conference on Tuesday, June 11th at 2P at 1 Police Plaza in NYC. This is in response to a bias-motivated assault of Josh Williams, Ben Collins & Antonio Maenza, 3 openly gay men in Brooklyn on Sunday, June 3rd by New York Police Department (NYPD) officers. The survivors reported that they were walking past the 79th Precinct when an NYPD officer accused one of the men of public urination & attacked him, throwing him against a police car. The officer was joined by other officers who also attacked the man, throwing him to the ground & pepper spraying him while he was in handcuffs. The survivor was handcuffed tightly, causing lacerations. The survivor’s injuries were treated at a hospital, where he was again restrained with wrist & ankle cuffs. The group of officers also arrested the other two survivors. Representatives from community-based organizations including AVP, the LGBT Justice Project of Make the Road NY, Streetwise & Safe, the Safe OUTside the System Collective of the Audre Lorde Project, FIERCE, Communities United for Police Reform, Campaign to Stop the False Arrests, the Brooklyn Community Pride Center, a representative from the LGBT Advisory Committee to NYPD Commissioner Kelly & elected officials including City Council Member Daniel Dromm. The New York City Anti-Violence Project empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & HIV-affected communities & allies to end all forms of violence through organizing & education & supports survivors through counseling & advocacy.
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