UPDATE: 3:35am, Thursday, 17th; Lourdes Ashley Hunter was returned home safely. .bmp
WASHINGTON D.C. – Late Wednesday night, 16 police officers illegally entered the home of black trans woman activist and organizer, Lourdes Ashley Hunter. Claiming an alleged report of assault, the known nonviolent activist, without being read her Miranda Rights, was taken into custody by the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia’s 3rd Precinct. Venus Di’Khadijah Selenite, who was present for the incident, is as of 3 in the morning of Thursday, leading the action of individuals, calling the Precinct and others, for her release.
Trans women across Facebook, their friends, other transgender people, and their allies, are now doing what they can to ensure the safe return of Lourdes. The arrest comes the night prior to a Trans Community Briefing invitation to the White House that included her, Venus, and others. It is for this reason, that activists across the country are not only calling on the Police Department and Mayor Bowser of the District of Columbia for Lourdes safe return, but Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and the President of the United States himself, Barack Obama.
To assist the action for the steadfast release of Lourdes Ashley Hunter, please call and leave a message with the following numbers:
- DC Police Department, 3rd Precinct: (202) 673-6815
- DC Police Department, Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit: (202) 727-5427
- DC Mayor Muriel Bowser: (202) 727-2643
- DC Congresswoman, Eleanor Norton: (202) 225-8050
Inlay Image Caption Credit: Ashleigh Shackelford