Boise police: Anti-discrimination law helps bridge gap

'Vulnerable’ population more likely to seek police help

February 26, 2014 

What’s the anti-discrimination law? It’s a measure Boise passed in late 2012 that prohibits firing people, kicking them out of their homes or refusing to serve them in public places because of their sexuality. (Click here to read the full anti-discrimination ordinance)

How is it working? In 2012, before the law took effect, Boise police handled one case of same-sex domestic violence, Deputy Chief Bill Bones said. In 2013, there were 17 such cases.

How is that progress? There’s no way there was only one instance of domestic violence in all of Boise’s gay, bisexual and transexual communities, Bones told the City Council on Tuesday. The increase in reports shows members of the community aren’t as afraid to take their problems to police, he said. “For me and the department, that’s a huge success,” he said.

How many have been prosecuted for violating the new law? Only two complaints have been filed, Bones said, and both are under investigation.

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