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Posts for October, 2013

Are Pittsburgh police stalling on gay bashing?

Timothy Kincaid

October 8th, 2013

Sometimes you read something wrong. Then you read it again wrong. Then you get all indignant and snarky and write a commentary.

And then someone points out that you read it wrong and you feel kinda stupid.

This is one of those times.

Sorry, folks, no story here.

Kudos to Santa Barbara police

Timothy Kincaid

January 6th, 2012

I’ve been pretty critical of police forces who seem to see citizens – particularly gay citizens – as their enemies. But I am delighted to take the opposite approach today.

The following is from Gay Girl/Straight World relating to a gay bashing in Santa Barbara, CA:

At the beginning of 2011, PPF instigated sensitivity training with the Santa Barbara Police Department. The organization partnered with another nonprofit, Just Communities, to create the LGBT Sensitivity and Awareness Trainings. In fall 2011, the entire SBPD underwent the orientation.

One of the detectives assigned to the hate crime case approached PPF’s Executive Director David Selberg at the recent press conference. The detective explained that, as a result of the sensitivity training, he better understood the nuances of working with a gay couple involved in an assault. By acknowledging the need to be prepared in the event of hate-induced crime, Selberg facilitated the ability to be prepared. Santa Barbara may be a community that doesn’t tolerate hate, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be prepared in the event it crops up.

Kudos to a police officer who chose not to feel resentment over sensitivity training but instead used it as a tool to be a better cop. Kudos to a police department that cultivated his attitude.