Linda Dominguez says officers handcuffed her in pink for hours while she referred to her with masculine pronouns.
The New York Police Department pays $ 300,000 and is implementing education reforms to resolve a lawsuit by a transgender woman who claims she was humiliated by officers walking home from a bus station in the Bronx.
The New York Daily News reports that Linda Dominguez filed the civil rights lawsuit in April 2018. The officers contacted Dominguez near Claremont Park, where they accused her of entering the property after hours.
Dominguez says she was arrested and handcuffed in pink and then taken to a detention center near Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. When she was behind bars, Dominguez claimed she was mocked for hours.
Eventually, she was charged with impersonation by New York police officers, claiming she lied about her gender identity.
Dominguez told the Daily News she was satisfied with the outcome of the lawsuit and hoped it would prevent anyone else from suffering the outrage of her experience.
“I never want anyone to go through the abuse I’ve seen from people who swore to protect me,” Dominguez said in a statement circulated by attorneys for the New York Civil Liberties Union.
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“This agreement is an important step in ending a culture of impunity and discrimination against transsexuals in the NYPD,” she said. “As an attorney for my community, I couldn’t let go of that.”
Dominguez, remember your lawyers, speaks limited English. When she was approached by officers in Claremont Park, she could not understand everything they were saying.
After she was forced to show her ID, Dominguez showed two different IDs – one with her legal name and one with the one she had given up.
“In the park the conversation was good, even friendly,” said Dominguez in an interview in January 2019. “But when I asked them if I would be arrested and they said ‘yes’ and put me pink handcuffs and took me to the police station brought my hell started. “
When she was taken to the train station, Dominguez used a translator and explained that she was transgender – so she had two separate IDs.
But to the Bronx officers, who had handcuffed her for hours, it didn’t seem to make any difference, even after she was put in a cell. The facility’s staff also repeatedly referred to Dominguez using masculine pronouns.
They didn’t tell her until two days after she was admitted that she had been charged with impersonation.
The Associated Press notes that Dominguez was eventually charged with trampling and impersonation; The prosecution dropped all charges against her a few months later.
In addition to paying Dominguez $ 300,000, the New York City Police Department must offer its officers improved training on transgender rights.
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