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Demonstrators Demand Justice for Polanco, Trawick

City Hall ball focuses on black trans lives, police accountabiliy

Layleen Xtravaganza Cubilette-Polanco’s sister, Melania Brown, speaks in front of the crowd near City Hall.
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More than 100 people gathered near City Hall on August 15 to convey emotional calls for criminal justice reform and seek justice for Layleen Xtravaganza Cubilette-Polanco and Kawaski Trawick.

Folks held a ball event and a demonstration roughly two months after Polanco, a transgender woman, died in jail at Rikers Island and four months after Trawick, a gay man, was fatally shot by police at his home in the Bronx.

After making their voices heard at City Hall, the group then brought their demonstration to One Police Plaza to continue raising awareness about the role of law enforcement in the deaths of LGBTQ folks in the city this year.

Updated 3:41 pm, August 16, 2019
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