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Tell Tennessee Police Department: Transgender Mistreatment is Unacceptable


Victims of a crime deserve support from police officers - not mistreatment - regardless of sexual or gender identity.

On Friday, November 26th, outside a Kohl's department store in Jackson, TN Akasha Adonis, a transgender woman, along with her mother, were involved in an altercation with another shopper. Waiting for the store to open for its 3 a.m. "Black Friday" shopping sale, they were shoved aside by one female shopper and, along with another female shopper, attacked by a male attempting to get into the store first. Afterwards, Kohl employees stood by, greeting customers, as the male assailant walked into the store to start shopping.

Adonis was seriously hurt: her jaw was broken, and three of her teeth were knocked out. Jackson Police Department officers arrived at the scene and interviewed Akasha, her mother and the other woman who was attacked by the man. But when the Officer who spoke with Akasha, Officer McCullar, saw her driver's ilcense, with a male name, he immediately became "rude and dismissive," called her the "He not She" and turned away saying "he had other places to be."

The Jackson Police Department did not bother to look at the surveillance video at the time of the incident nor did they find or arrest the male assailant. When Akasha Adonis and her mother complained, they were told that in order to obtain access to the video, the Jackson Police would need a subpoena even though Kohl's told Adonis and her mother, the store would gladly provide police with the video.

Adonis has filed a complaint against Officer McCullar. There is obvious bias and mistreatment being perpetrated against Akasha Adonis as a transgender woman, by the Jackson Police Department. Please show support for Adonis and let the Jackson, Tennessee Chief of Police Gill Kendrick know that this outrageous mistreatment of transgender individuals is entirely unacceptable from the Jackson Police Department.

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