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Police Video Prompts Allegations of HIV Discrimination

September 19, 2012

Lansing, Mich. -- A Dearborn, Mich., police officer was caught on tape telling a man and a woman that he was issuing them traffic and marijuana possession tickets because he was "aggravated" that the woman failed to disclose her HIV-positive status before he searched the couple's car. The incident has raised allegations of discrimination and violations of civil rights.

The police dashboard video, obtained by the American Independent through a Michigan Freedom of Information Act request, shows what should have been a routine traffic stop last month. During the traffic stop, the officer discovered the woman is HIV-positive when he allegedly found her HIV medications and asked her, "What are these?"

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Comment by: Ethel (MI) Fri., Sep. 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm UTC
No one wants to contract AIDS. Any law officer should treat everyone as a potential AIDS carrier and not get all worked up when someone does come out and say they have AIDS.
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Comment by: Jeff (Buffalo, NY) Fri., Sep. 21, 2012 at 6:07 pm UTC
this fact was totally twisted. The couples were scared because of their pot smoking had been caught. They just made up this case against this cop for retaliation. That's the fact.
this lawsuit will be thrown out of the court soon.

really sick of these people who are abusing our legal system
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Comment by: George (Ohio) Fri., Sep. 21, 2012 at 12:36 pm UTC
I am POZ and I do understand the cop's fears. He should ask PRIOR to the search. The person doesn't have to volunteer the information unless asked but should be required to answer a question. The Cop should have the right to as in order to minimize even the slight the risk. Are you saying the cop has no right to ask at all? You call the cop stupid for trying to minimize any slight risk? Really?

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Comment by: michael (los angeles) Tue., Sep. 25, 2012 at 4:11 am UTC
he's a cop, not a doctor. he did his job of stopping the suspect. it's not like he was gonna have sex with him.

where do you draw the line? is a suspect suppose to disclose his entire medical history to a cop who went into this line of work knowing the risk and dangers.

this is not a desk job.

Comment by: Anonymous Thu., Sep. 20, 2012 at 4:45 pm UTC
What about the policeman's rights? I wouldn't want to be stuck with anything either.
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Comment by: michael (los angeles) Tue., Sep. 25, 2012 at 4:09 am UTC
then stick to a desk job where it's safe and comfy and underpaid. he CHOSE his job and all the risk that goes with it. sad thing is, cops don;t even do their jobs and stick to writing tickets instead of stopping real crimes.

cops nowadays are overpriced meter maids.

Comment by: james (virginia) Thu., Sep. 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm UTC
What a stupid cop.... She don't have to tell him that she is positive... He needs to learn more about hiv.
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Comment by: michael (los angeles) Thu., Sep. 20, 2012 at 5:08 am UTC
can't fix stupid....

no. the police force doesn't need more training just for hiv. it would be a waste of money. the money should go towards advertising and educating the general public.

where are all the money going? not enough is going towards a cure of educating the public.

back on topic. it's none of that cop's business. it's standard procedure to expect the unexpected in his line of work. but that is HIS CHOICE to be paid for that job. people lie and he knows that and it is his job to protect himself because he should know that there is the unexpected.

his freaking job is to serve and protect, not to serve and protect himself nor harass someone who is already going through hell just because he is too stupid to know anything about the virus.

maybe he should have disclosed to the hiv positive woman that he is stupid first. isn't that something she should know before dealing with him to spare her the harassment she encountered because of his stupidity?

he may be afraid of hiv, but i am more afraid of stupidity. at least there's medication for hiv. can't say the same for stupidity.

sue his arse off for all its worth. then maybe he would think about educating himself.
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