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Transgender woman's arm broken by police at pride parade

Transgender woman's arm broken by police at pride parade

Three peaceful protesters, from the group "No Pride in Prisons", were assaulted by police at Auckland's LGBT pride parade. The protesters were marching in opposition to the police and corrections presence in the parade.

Spokesperson Tim Lamusse says, "we wanted to highlight the fact that the queer, Maori and Pasifika communities are disproportionately harassed and targeted by police."

One protester, a Maori trans woman, was noticeably targeted by police and security. She was thrown to the ground and is undergoing x-ray to determine if her arm was broken.

"It is ironic that, during a protest aiming to highlight police brutality, that a Maori trans woman was so brutally treated."

"This is a clear example of racist and transphobic targeting, yet another example of institutional racism and transmisogyny."

The injured woman was not arrested, but a bystander filming the incident was taken away.

The group intends to lay a formal complaint with the Police Conduct Authority, and is currently seeking legal counsel.

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