Monday, August 27, 2007

Being human isn't quite good enough.

Fuck you United States! You suck! Chicago sucks most of all!

Read this :

Attorneys for a gay man who alleges Chicago police beat him in Uptown in March 2006 said Aug. 17 they plan to contest the City of Chicago’s motion that the man’s lawsuit be dismissed because gays aren’t entitled to equal protection under the U.S. Constitution.

Alexander Ruppert sued the City and two Chicago police officers after his arrest March 5, 2006. Ruppert alleges that after he was escorted out of the Uptown Lounge, on West Lawrence near Broadway, the two police officers got angry when he used his cell phone in the back seat of their police car as he was being driven to the 20th District police station.

According to Ruppert, the police officers stopped the car, pulled him out of the back seat and began beating him.

“They pulled me out of the car by my hair,” Ruppert says. “They were saying, ‘What the fuck are you doing, faggot?’ and calling me ‘Princess motherfucker.’ They said, ‘Get off the fucking phone, faggot.’”

Ruppert said he was hurt badly during the beating.

“I was bleeding pretty bad,” Ruppert says. “They threw me back into the car. I said, ‘I need medical treatment. I’ve got HIV and I’m bleeding all over the back of your car.’”

He said one of the officers then called an ambulance that took Ruppert to Weiss Memorial Hospital, where he received 16 stitches for a wound under his eye.

The police denied any wrongdoing.

But the City’s attorneys, in a motion filed in U.S. District Court, argue that Ruppert can’t claim that he was denied equal protection under the law, as he is doing, because gays aren’t covered under the Constitution’s equal protection clause.

“When we filed the equal protection count, we knew the federal government was behind the curve in recognizing that the equal protection clause should cover sexual orientation,” said attorney Michael Oppenheimer. “We expected more from the City of Chicago. The City’s position is an affront to all residents of this fine city.”

Oppenheimer’s partner, Jon Erickson, said the City’s position surprised him, given the ongoing effort to bring the 2016 Olympics to Chicago.

“The international community is far ahead in recognizing the equal rights of the gay community,” Erickson said. “To deny gay people equal protection under the law will not play well internationally.”

In court Aug. 21, Ruppert’s attorneys asked for and received an extension to argue against the City’s motion to dismiss the equal protection complaint. Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer granted the extension; both sides return to court Sept. 11.

5 comments:

laurenbove said...

OH. My. GODDDDDD. I can't believe it. FUCK Chicago and their fucking cheesy-beef, salad fucking hotdogs and fucking deep dish pizza.

What? PEOPLE in America are being denied equal protection under the law? I don't give a shit who you fuck, thats unconstitutional and I'd love to see this go all the way to the Supreme Court.

Gavin Elster said...

I'm really pissed. Like, um, psycotic pissed off.
I wonder what a republicans view on this would be.

Any republican wanna be lawers out there?

laurenbove said...

Do you really have to ask? This makes my physically ill. I can't freaking believe it,. But I can...in a world where "Brownie does a good job" and poor Atty Gen Gonzales is to be pitied by our commander in chief? ANY FReaking thing can happen.

Hello: Brown v. B o E Topeka KS?

HELOOOOOOO?

equal protection under the law. it's that simple...Equal Protection Clause, part of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, provides that "no state shall… deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." The Equal Protection Clause can be seen as an attempt to secure the promise of the United States' professed commitment to the proposition that "all men are created equal" by empowering the judiciary to enforce that principle against the states.

Oh Sandra Day...do we miss you!

Luke said...

It's a scary world when liberals long for Sandra Day O'Connor.

laurenbove said...

Just b/c she was a reagan nominee doesn't mean she was bad. Actually she was hated by the far consvervative religious right aka Falwell who begged every good Christian (puke) to oppose her nomination. When she left we got Alito instead. She was a woman and was replaced with an uber conservative male.I appreciated her tailored approach to each case and she reiterated keeping school prayer out of public schools, which I appreciate. But specifically to this: She's on the right side of decisions regarding equal protection.

Now on the supreme court there is no hope whatsoever.