Woman sues park ranger for alleged transphobic tazing

From Raw Story:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/11/11/woman-sues-park-ranger-for-allleged-transphobic-tazing/

By Arturo Garcia
Sunday, November 11, 2012

A California woman filed a lawsuit against both the U.S. and a Bureau of Land Management ranger she said tazed her twice because she used to be a man.

According to KGTV-TV, Brooke Fantelli’s lawsuit (PDF) names both “the United States of America” and the ranger, identified only as “J. Peter” as defendants for their roles in an Oct. 27 2011 encounter where the ranger tazed her twice despite her not resisting arrest.

At the time, Fantelli said she did refuse to lay down on the ground, but cell phone video she provided the station showed she was standing away from the ranger with her hands up in the air, seemingly not threatening him.

“I’ve got plenty of money invested in myself in the area of $65,000 worth of plastic surgery, braces and other things that are important to me,” she said last year.

Fantelli was arrested and charged with public intoxication for the incident, and said the ranger, upon learning she was transgender by looking at her identification, switched from referring to her with female pronouns like “ma’am” and “miss” to calling her “dude” and “sir,” and tazed her a second time in the genitalia while restraining her on the ground.

Complete article at:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/11/11/woman-sues-park-ranger-for-allleged-transphobic-tazing/

One Response to “Woman sues park ranger for alleged transphobic tazing”

  1. princesadelayla Says:

    I was particularly incensed by this incident when I first heard of it some time ago.
    I intend to follow it with interest and hope to see it become a higher and higher profile case.
    In addition to a sizeable financial award for Brooke, a lengthy jail term for all the so called officers would seem a suitable outcome.

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