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.