Detroit station interviews victim of alleged HIV discrimination
LANSING, Mich — Fox 2 Detroit has interviewed Shalandra Jones, the woman at the center of a controversy related to a traffic stop in Dearborn, Mich., in August.
The American Independent broke the story on Wednesday.
The incident, caught on police dashboard camera video, involved Dearborn Police Officer David Lacey issuing a marijuana possession ticket to Jones and a traffic ticket to her partner, Mark Scott. The video shows Lacey telling Jones that she should disclose her HIV-positive status whenever a police officer asks her to step out of a vehicle. He said he was “pissed” that Jones hadn’t disclosed her status before he searched the vehicle, and he told the couple: “Honestly, if it wasn’t for that, I don’t think I would have wrote anybody for anything. But that kind of really aggravated me, you know what I mean? You got to tell me right away, ‘I’ve got this. I’ve got that.’ ‘Cause at that time, I wasn’t wearing any gloves.”
Michigan law does not require disclosure of an HIV-positive status before a police search, and legal experts say Lacey was “out of line” for demanding such a disclosure. Health experts say Lacey was at very low risk of being infected with HIV during the stop.
Fox 2 reports there is an “ongoing investigation” by the police department into the incident and that “Officer Lacey has not been placed on any kind of restrictive duty.”
Watch Fox 2′s report and interview with Jones below: