Transgender woman arrested at trans rights demonstration
Scuffle with police led to woman's arrest at protest calling attention to transgender mistreatment

Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers arrested a transgender woman on Wednesday evening during a protest in which a number of transgender women and their allies blocked a major intersection in the District’s Columbia Heights neighborhood.

In an ironic twist, organizers said they held the demonstration in part to call attention to mistreatment of transgender individuals, particularly at the hands of law enforcement.

The protest was one of several actions planned during Transgender Awareness Week, in the run-up to the Transgender Day of Remembrance, the annual event held on Nov. 20 that commemorates individuals lost to anti-transgender violence.

Video taken by the National LGBTQ Task Force shows transgender woman Jes Grobman, one of the co-organizers of the event who is affiliated with DC Trans Power, being yanked forward and dragged away, first by one and then two officers, pressed up against a police car, handcuffed, and escorted away. Witnesses say that just prior to the video being shot, the arresting officer had pushed Grobman.

“The White Fourth Amendment”, Paul Butler, Texas Tech Law Review, 2010:

On a ride-along with an officer of the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, I play a game that my cop friend invented called “Stop that Car!” I select a car—any car—and the officer finds a legal reason to stop it. It never takes longer than three or four blocks of following the car. There are so many regulations that it is virtually impossible for a driver not to commit an infraction.

In accordance with section 75 of the Amended Wartime Act of 2053, this public service announcement is being distributed at the request of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia. The Pint-Sized Slasher may have been a myth at one point, but is a legitimate threat now. To ensure everyone’s safety this Halloween, refrain from trick-or-treating or being outside after dark, and be on the lookout for any suspicious activity, whether it be communist or not.