Suit claims police harassed transgender Newarker

The News Leader

February 17, 2010 10:32:33 AM PST
A transgender Newark resident has filed a lawsuit that alleges harassment by police officers. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit Wednesday on behalf of Diana Taylor, also known as Christopher Moore.

Taylor claims two Newark police officers stopped her on the street last March and took her into custody while calling her derogatory names. She also claims she was frisked in an intrusive manner and then let go without being charged.

The suit contends Taylor was charged with littering and disorderly conduct only after she filed a complaint against the department. The charges were dismissed.

The lawsuit alleges harassment, false arrest and unlawful search.

Newark police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.