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Jose's Testimony: False Arrest of Gay Latino Man in Jackson Heights, Queens

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Uploaded on Aug 3, 2010

Jose is a gay man who has lived in the US for 21 years and who had a terrible run-in with the police and was falsely arrested for prostitution/pimping. This video clearly explains what happened to him, his views, the legal plea bargain he took and the potential ramifications. Since the time of his arrest, he has become an American citizen but cannot leave the country for fear that he will not be allowed back in, and therefore cannot see his family.

Jose is a businessman, has a longtime partner and no previous criminal record. On a trip to New York, he was arrested by police in Jackson Heights, Queens on FALSE allegations of prostitution.

Upon arrest, his lawyers convinced him to take a plea bargain (although he is completely innocent). The police lied and said that he agreed to exchange sex for money which is completely untrue, but it is their word against his.

He would like to visit his grandmother (he usually goes every year) but he may not be allowed back in the US because of this charge. He is living his life terrified, and cut off from his family. All this for being a gay man who was not born in the US!

This is a COMMON OCCURRENCE amongst LGBTQ immigrants. Please help!

Write queerrising@gmail.com and visit our website (www.queerrising.org) and Facebook page to help.

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