Officers ‘Stared’ At Genitals In NYC Bathrooms To Target Gay Men?

Stay off the sex apps and keep looking forward might be the next bit of advice gay/bi men may need to heed when going to the airport. Then again, police may stoop this low in any public bathroom. 

A class action lawsuit states that police officers were targeting men they thought were gay and arresting them on bogus charges in bus terminal bathrooms.

The lawsuit alleges that plainclothes officers with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey targeted men they perceived to be gay for arrests on baseless charges of exposure and public lewdness. According to the suit, officers pretended to use urinals next to men they perceived to be gay and would then stare at the suspects over privacy dividers, and in some cases would "actually step back from the urinal in order to see around the privacy wall, in an effort to view the target's hands and genitals," according to the lawsuit, which was filed in Manhattan federal court by the Legal Aid Society and the law firm of Winston & Strawn.

A team of officers would then arrest the men as they left the men's room, the suit said, and "falsely (claim) that they were engaged in illegal conduct."

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit argued that Port Authority police discriminated against men according to their actual or perceived sexual orientation in order to increase quality of life arrest statistics. 

"The PAPD have continued to make such targeted arrests knowing or believing that most of those arrested will ultimately be forced to plead to lesser charges to avoid public embarrassment and humiliation, costly legal fees, and jail sentences, as well as reputational and professional harm associated with the false charges," the suit said. 

The Port Authority declined to comment on the suit. The Port Authority is a joint venture between New York and New Jersey that manages shipping terminals, bridges, tunnels, airports and waterfront developments, as well as the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan.  – ibtimes.com

No leaning back, no extra grunts, no tapping of the foot, watch your wide stance, and keep looking forward. Is that what needs to happen when we are at public restroom urinals?

Or we just walk in and exclaim "Gay Man Peeing" and see what kind of response we get.

We will have to keep an eye on this one.  Maybe we need to see the evidence first hand.

h/t:  ibtimes.com

What do you think?