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posted Friday, September 10, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 37
Violence hits Capitol Hill Transgender woman
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Violence hits Capitol Hill Transgender woman

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Seattle police are investigating a case of malicious harassment after a group of men hurled anti-Gay slurs and threw rocks at a Transgender woman on Capitol Hill last week.

Malicious harassment is Washington's hate crime statute.

According to a Seattle Police Department report, east precinct officers responded to a call from a Transgender woman and her friend at Broadway and Union on September 2, around 3:30 a.m.

The report raises more the questions than it answers. Unfortunately, most of the information - such as the exact location of the incident and who, exactly, was involved - was redacted from the hard copy of the report.

According to SPD officer David Burrows, when he responded to the malicious harassment call, he noted that that the victim and her friend were intoxicated. The victim told Burrows that while inside a business (one can only guess a gas station, bar, or nightclub, based on the time the incident occurred) at the 1500 block of Broadway, she was approached by an unknown female who accompanied the suspected assailants. The woman asked the victim, "What is your name?" The victim responded, "You don't need to know my name."

One of the four suspects then said, "Damn, those legs." According to the victim, the four men had been trying to hook up with her. She told officer Burrows that she assumed when the men found out that she was a Transgender woman, the suspect screamed, "Show your pussy if you're a real girl!" The suspects then yelled, "Faggot, faggot Transsexual!"

The victim and her friends told officers that they decided to leave the situation by walking outside the business because "they didn't want any problems." According to the police report, the suspect kept yelling epithets at the victim. As they were standing on the street, the four suspects walked by and threw rocks at them.

The victim and her friend weren't injured.

The suspects took off, and officers weren't able to find them. Police took several rocks as evidence.

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