Last week the F.B.I. released the statistics for reported hate crimes in 2019. It’s not surprising that the numbers have increased including an 18% increase in hate crimes targeting transgender people. Forbes magazine also reported this month that the total number of transgender people murdered so far in 2019 has already exceeded the total number reported in 2018. Transgender women of color continue to be victimized at an alarming rate.
This month we spoke with three transgender people who are also part of law enforcement. They shared with us their perspective on the hate crime numbers and talked about a new effort to help law enforcement with “cold” cases involving the murder of transgender people. All three are part of an organization known as TCOPS – Transgender Community of Police and Sheriffs.
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