Police Officer Issues Woman a Ticket For Having HIV

Officer David Lacey of Dearborn Michigan is accused of violating Jones’ privacy rights after getting irritated that she didn’t tell him her purse contained HIV medication

Officer David Lacey

Dearborn Police Officer, David Lacey, is being accused of violating a woman’s privacy rights after finding prescription pills for HIV treatment in the woman’s purse. The officer ticketed her for not volunteering to inform him of her HIV-positive status. Shalandra Jones has been living with HIV for 11 years, but the incident that occurred  with Officer Lacey (in August) has left her traumatized. In a tearful interview with a local news station, Jones says, “It took me a long time to be able to come outside. It took a long for me to stand up for myself.”

The alleged violation was captured on the officer’s dash-camera. The footage has since been posted onto YouTube. The officer’s demeanor turns sour when he discovers the HIV medication in Jones’ purse. “That’s probably something you needed to tell me when you got of the car,” Lacey says to Jones. “You ever get pulled out for any reason, you’d want to tell us because I want to make sure I put on gloves and all of that stuff.” The officer continued to make insensitive remarks as he further inspected the prescription pills. At one point he asks Jones if she is pregnant and goes on to say he wonders what would’ve happened had he been punctured by any sharp objects in her purse.

Officer Lacey tells Jones and her male companion that he is doing them a favor by not taking them jail. “Even though I’m still pissed about the HIV thing, I’m still cutting you guys a break. I’m not taking anyone to jail,” he said. As he issues Jones a ticket, he tells her “If it wasn’t for that [Jones' failure to notify him of her HIV-status], I don’t think I would have wrote anybody for anything.”

The law does not require individuals to disclose their HIV-positive status during a routine traffic stop. Officer Lacey has not been reprimanded, and the Dearborn Police Department has not issued any statements regarding the incident. Jones and her attorney are seeking dismissal of the ticket. Since the incident has occurred, a petition has been created on Change.org asking the Dearborn Police Department to drop charges against Jones and commit to training and HIV disclosure laws. You can sign the petition by clicking here.




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13 Responses to Police Officer Issues Woman a Ticket For Having HIV

  1. Tahirah September 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    What was she initially pulled over for?

  2. sandy September 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Had he asked if she was an intravenous drug user if her answer was yes, then he should ask if there was anything on her person or personal property that he may puncture himself with. Other than that she does not have to give her health satus. Surely this officer is in need of more training. His ignorance should have been ticketed. How sad.

  3. Jah Larry Dread September 23, 2012 at 12:51 am

    “His ignorance should have been ticketed”…Ignorance? No he is just STUPID! What’s next? Oh you have Cancer…Ticket! You have Sickle Cell…Ticket! Please he should be let go! The law does not require individuals to disclose their HIV-positive status during a routine traffic stop. Where is her right to privacy? Her or anybody’s status is between her and her doctors.

  4. BigBlackRod September 23, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Somebody finta get broke off right proper like. HIPAA privacy laws are quite clear, and that officer clearly brokke them. He should have been exercising universal precautions any way, damn seeing HIV meds..PEACE.

  5. srh September 23, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Aaaargh! Why does police abuse be it physical or verbal continue to be tolerated? The ticket should be revoked & he should be given a ticket to a living with HIV seminar.

  6. Jackey September 23, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I agree he is just plain stupid and insensitive. He should be fired but of course he wont be. Cops everywhere will continue to get away with murder because their cop chief/captains are crooks and just as stupid as they are. We as a people have to stand up for ourselves. Cops shoot us we need to start shooting their asses back. I bet some things will start to change when people start using their asses for target practice.

  7. Fatu September 23, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    how much of this abuse can we tolerate. . .how long will we let this continue. . .

  8. AMAZINGGRACE September 23, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    There is a Modern Day “Suffragette Movement” taking place right before Our very Eyes. Women, wake up and be heard!! Don’t let men bully us because they “think they can”. Vote Your Conscience, and for Your Rights” on Election Day……..

  9. Joe September 23, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    When reading the reports from other agencies, unlike this article, those other reports reported WHY this person was stopped and all the details. The officer search her vehicle because he smelled marijuana! Because your agency didn’t originate the news, it is responsibilbe to offer the link to the original news story- you are not reporting the stories correctly and fully and your twisting the information to inflame your readers!!!

    • Nik October 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      Joe, your message is clearl but how does that justify this pig’s actions upon finding out her HIV status??!! Was the camera not “reporting” correctly??!

      • Nik October 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm


  10. hedda hopper September 24, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    fight that godamn ticket and sue their assess…..contact ACLU and his name is Jay Kaplan…tell them you were treated in hostile manner and get your money…this is ridiculous…I have HIV too and DO NOT TELL ANYONE…even my sex partners don’t know…I ain’t spreading it but it is no one’s business!!! Keep it to yourself!!!

  11. Grandmother September 30, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    The police has been given the right to discrace and humiliate everyone and make it known that there is nothing that you can do bout it. This is the same a in Germany under Hitler. You have no rights. If they dont like your perfume, he may shoot you and say that you attacted them with bad smell. This country has changed. If you are going to be mugged, it might be by the police because that is all that they are hiring. THUGS


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