This is a really fucking good article from HuffPo addressing the nonaction and disrespect coming from the police. Sage has been missing for twenty days, and the only search parties that have gone out have been organized by her family and friends. Can we talk about the official search parties and news coverage that immediately happened when Morgan Harrington, a cis white girl, went missing?* The poor/black/queer community in Charlottesville has repeatedly contacted the police, organized searches and vigils, and gone to city meetings to express that they feel unsafe and unheard, and all the police will say is “We’re working on it.” This is unacceptable.
From Amy Marshall, someone who facilitated ROSMY when Sage and I attended together:
Amy Marshall, the president of LGBT group Charlottesville Pride Community Network, also criticized city councilors for taking the time to show up to the city’s first gay-pride festival earlier this year, but failing to show up to a vigil for Smith that was held in Lee Park last Wednesday. All the councilors showed up the festival organized by the Pride group, Marshall said, but just one showed up at the vigil.
"Supporting LGBT equality in Charlottesville is not just about going to the fun events," Marshall said.
*(this is not to say that what happened to Morgan wasn’t tragic and unnecessary and a result of misogyny…but the police need to get the fuck with it because trans* youth of color are missing and they are barely even trying)