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Transgender woman sues over ‘false personation’ arrest

January 23, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — A transgender woman is suing New York City and the police officers she says charged her with “false personation” after she provided them with both her previous and current names.

Linda Dominguez says in her lawsuit filed Tuesday that she was placed in pink handcuffs and mocked by the officers after she was arrested in April 2018 for walking through a Bronx park when it was closed for the night.

Dominguez says she gave the officers both her current name and the male first name she used before she legally changed her name to Linda. She says the false personation charge was “bogus.”

Criminal charges against Dominguez were dismissed in August.

A police spokeswoman says the department can’t comment on the lawsuit. She says the department is committed to serving the LGBTQ community with sensitivity.

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