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Unlike Lees, Mananzala is convinced the police are doing more than just their jobs. “We have seen a major rise in our documenting of police harassment,” said. Mananzala “It is so hard to walk around Christopher Street. The harassment they [teenagers] meet is intense.” Mananzala too wants Christopher Street to be developed, but wants to make sure everyone, from residents to people who hang out on the street are brought to the table. And from his perspective the talk of development has more to do with residents than teenagers.
“We want to be considered part of the community dialogue,” Mananzala said. ”Everybody has a right to hang out in public space.”
FIERCE!, the organization that advocates for the gay and transgender youth who frequent the Village waterfront, faced police officers from the Sixth Precinct at a raucous meeting sponsored by the Community Board 2 L.G.B.T. Committee.
The youth group distributed a synopsis of a report that said 66 percent of L.G.B.T. youth of color in their survey reported police targeting and profiling based on race and sexual orientation. FIERCE! also doubted the effectiveness of the C.C.R.B., noting that of the 18,474 complaints filed in 2004, only 8 percent resulted in disciplinary action.