In Atlanta You Can’t Be A Cop If You Have HIV

39-year-old Georgia resident “Richard Roe” applied to become an officer with the Atlanta Police Department. During his pre-employment physical, the police physician informed Roe that his HIV-positive status disqualified him from police employment—a position in direct violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the federal Rehabilitation Act.

But when Roe sued the city, the police department said two contradictory things: that HIV doesn’t disqualify police candidates and that HIV-positive cops are a “direct threat” to the health and safety of others and thus not worth employing.

Cue Lambda Legal…

Lambda Legal says that the city sided with the cops without any evidence of this “direct threat” that HIV-positive policemen supposedly present. On the contrary, they say that the court ruled against Roe because he didn’t provide evidence that he wasn’t a threat.

So Lamda Legal appealed Roe’s case to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals adding, “There was no good reason to deny our client this opportunity. People living with HIV are serving as police officers all across the country; they are involved in every kind of work and participate in all walks of life.”

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  • Chase

    But… why is there a picture of an Orlando Police Department vehicle? :<

  • ewe

    You cannot donate blood if you are gay either and that is national. So…. Today is September 7, 2011. Does anyone know whether or not the Bummer has evolved yet?

  • ewe

    Where in the hell is the ACLU anyway?

  • Gay Veteran

    @ewe: Does mispronouncing our President’s name make you happy? What do you gain from that? lol Idiot.

  • ewe

    @Gay Veteran: I know how to spell the Bummers name. I am referring to what he has become to so many. That makes you the idiot as well as some blind fool thinking you are patriotic. I am sure you think you are openminded too. Move on and away from me please. I am not impressed.

  • ewe

    @Gay Veteran: @the crustybastard: Why don’t you answer the issue regarding the fact that you too dumb fucks kissing the bummers ass are second class citizens who cannot donate blood anywhere in this country. I must reiterate the “dumb fucks” part because you really are rediculous with your unfounded allegiance.

  • ewe

    @the crustybastard: It? you racist you. you horrid little racist you. You bad little boy you are you are. boo hoo.

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  • Mav

    @ewe: So who are we supposed to vote for then? Whatever homophobic, witch-hunting, Judeo-Christian fundamentalist theocratic asshole the GOP decides to run against Obama?

    I’ll take the lesser of two evils. At least under Obama I can get married in five states and serve openly in the military. If some of his opponents had their way, I’d be stripped of what few civil rights I have left and hunted like a fucking dog for my “evil and forbidden lifestyle”.

    No thanks.

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