Justice for Islan Nettles - Brutally Beaten Trans Woman Dies

  • by: Luz's Daughter Cares
  • recipient: New York County District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. and New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly




Tell New York County District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. and New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, "Transgender Lives Matter!"


Dear Supporter,

Tell New York County District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. and New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, "Transgender Lives Matter!" Their lack of action promotes Transphobia and ultimately sends the message that Anti-Transgender bias is acceptable!

Here are the details:

In Harlem, N.Y., on August 17, 2013, 21-year old Miss Islan Nettles was walking with friends, all Transgender women, near a police precint when 20-year old Parish Wilson began flirting with Nettles. The confrontation ensued once Wilson, surrounded by a group of his own friends, realized Nettles was not born a woman. He began to harass her with homophobic slurs.

Motivated by anger and hate, Wilson began viciously pounding on Miss Nettles until she slammed to the pavement with extreme impact (hitting her head). Even then, Wilson did not let up. He stood over her and continued to violently punch her in the face and head. When police arrived (they were notified by one of Nettles friends), Nettles, barely recgonizable - was unconscious. As Nettles was transported to a nearby hospital with severe head trauma, Wilson was given a "slap on the wrist" consisting of third degree assault, a misdemeanor and  released from jail on a mere $2,000.00 bail.

Sadly, on August 23, lslan Nettles was declared brain dead and removed from life support. Despite the fact that Paris Wilson's brutal attack resulted in Islan Nettles death, he remains free on the streets.

As of August 28th, the New York County District Attorney Office is still "investigating" the now homicide case as a potential Hate Crime.  The police have yet to rearrest Paris Wilson. Additionally, there is no documentation indicating that the original charge of Misdemeanor was upgraded to Homocide.

District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, remand Paris Wilson/all involved and rightly charge him/them with a Hate Crime for the death of Islan Nettles!

UPDATE as of September 16,2013: DA Vance waited almost a month (September 16, 2013) to acknowledge the public with an "appeal" for help. Perhaps if authorities not been slow to move or quick to move on, ALL involved in Islan Nettles death would be apprehended. Instead they are in the streets while the public is asked to solve this latest "Twist" in the case.

They now have 1 suspect & 2 confessions. It is hard to believe rough, tough & dangerous NYC cops/investigators/DA don't have a firm grip on this case yet. With cameras on every Harlem street, residential building, stores and even Traffic lights - they still can't determine which of the "3" young men were standing over Islan when she hit the ground and continued beating her unconscious?

Update #310 years ago
On October 4, 2013, Court was adjourned because the State claimed they didn’t have enough evidence to proceed. They claimed the alleged suspect, Paris Wilson, may be a matter of mistaken identity as there was a look-alike. Authorities suggest the outcome may be dismal if “more” information isn’t attained.

The inability to proceed is excuses for an insufficient investigation immediately after the attack. It is imperative that we UNITE & demand the perpetrator is brought to justice.
Update #210 years ago
UPDATE as of 9/30/13

OCCUPY THE COURTHOUSE in Support of "Justice for Islan Nettles"

WHEN: Friday, October 4, 2012 8:3oam SHARP!
WHERE: Criminal Court @ 100 Centre Street, New York City

The alleged murderer of Transgender, Islan Nettles is scheduled to appear in court for indictment. The investigation has been superficial from the start & the facts are inconsistent. It is imperative that we UNITE & demand the perpetrator/s are brought to justice! NOTE: This is a Peace Rally.
Update #110 years ago
Dear Justice for Islan Nettles Supporters,

Your support means so much! Thank you for supporting Miss Islan Nettles and her family.
May she rest in peace, .

The next 2 weeks are critical. We have less than 400 signatures and a 10,000 goal for action & change.

Even though news articles come out daily, celebrities continue to mention the tragedy, and movements are occurring DUE TO Islan's death - the 'Direct" support for "Justice for Islan" is not there as we expected.

It proves, even more, that "Trans Lives Matter" must be reinforced! New York is the home of the Stonewall Movement & the Worlds Largest Pride Parade - 10,000 signatures from New York
alone should have been easy to conceive. Yet, that has not happened.

What you can do to help:


Reach out to the following New York LGBTQ organizations and tell them to Support "Justice for Islan Nettles" Now:

Human Rights Campaign
http://www.hrc.org/states/new-york (202) 628-4160

Lambda Legal
www.lambdalegal.org (212) 809-8585

Sylvia Rivera Law Project
www.srlp.org (212) 337-8550 (212) 337-1972

Harlem Pride NY
http://www.harlempride.org (347) 846-0362

The Audre Lorde Project
www.alp.org (718) 596-0342

(212) 629-3322

Gay Men’s Health Crisis
www.gmhc.org (212) 367-1000

Identity House
www.identityhouse.org (212) 243-8181

The Institute for Human Identity

Metropolitan Community Church of New York
www.mccny.org (212) 629-7440

NYC Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project
www.avp.org (212) 714-1184

Safe Homes Project
www.safehomesproject.org (718) 499-2151

SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders)
www.sageusa.org (212) 741-2247


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