Sacramento County Jail policies are under scrutiny after a transgender woman was briefly booked in the male section of the jail after being arrested during a protest of the shooting death of Stephon Clark, KOVR-TV reported.
The woman, Ebony Harper, was protesting with others in front of the Sacramento district attorney’s office Thursday. She was one of two people arrested, booked on charges of failing to disperse during a protest and resisting an officer.
What’s the story?
Harper was born a man and said she identifies as a woman. When she was arrested, she said the way she was searched and where she was held was uncomfortable and caused her to fear for her safety.
“My humanity was stripped,” Harper told KOVR. “I was searched by men, and they videotaped me, I began to cry because I didn’t feel comfortable being searched by a guy.
“I have some female body parts; I just felt dehumanized.”