- Gill KendrickChief of Police, Jackson, TN
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.
- Chief of Police, Jackson, TN
When Akasha Adonis and her mother were waiting for the doors of Kohl's department store to open at 3 a.m. on "Black Friday," a fight broke out over entering the store. Adonis attempted to protect her mother against an attack and fought back against a male assailant who also, allegedly, attacked another woman present.
The male assailant yanked out Adonis' hair, broke her jaw and pulled out three of her teeth. Yet Kohl's employees let him enter the store. When Jackson Police Department officers showed up at the scene, however, and discovered that Adonis is transgender, she was treated rudely, disrespectfully and unjustly.
Adonis says she was told by the officer who interviewed her, Officer McCullar, that "he had other places to be" and overheard him tell other officers about the "He not She." Adonis ended up in the emergency room, with over $6000 of work needed on her mouth, from the broken jaw and three lost teeth. Still, her injuries were classified as "not serious" by the police department.
As well, 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.
This is unacceptably discriminatory behavior on the part of the Jackson Police Department and we're asking you, as Chief of Police, to do something about it. Adonis has filed a complaint against the officer in question and we would like to see swift action taken on your part. Please stop the mistreatment and bullying of transgender people, by officers on the Jackson Police Force, and address the unacceptable behavior of Officer McCullar.
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