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.”
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.