By The TMPlanet
A Hudson County, New Jersey, transgender man says he was forced to show his prosthetic penis to a security officer at a New Jersey store after he was accused of shoplifting earlier this year, a lawsuit claims.
“I need to see what’s in your pants,” the security officer said during the May 12 incident, as reported by Daily Voice, at Food Fair on Market Street in Paterson.
The man begged for help and felt scared, humiliated, intimidated and abused, according to the report. He sought help from a cashier but got nowhere – in fact, the cashier was called to do an inspection.
“Shockingly, rather than wait for a female police officer to arrive, a female cashier was called to conduct an invasive inspection,” Daily Voice quoted the suit.
The lawsuit seeks a jury trial, compensatory damages, punitive damages and attorneys’ fees, according to nj.com. The officer, identified as “John Doe” and wearing an Essex County sheriff’s uniform, was working security when he approached the man about 10 p.m. and allegedly made the demands.
The officer told the man and the store manager he would call a female officer to inspect the transgender man’s pants, the suit claims. The trans-man tried to leave, even though the officer insisted he allegedly needed to inspect his pants.
“During this inspection, the plaintiff showed the cashier the prosthetic penis and his vagina,” according to the report. As the man walked out of the restroom crying, the officer said, “I am so sorry,” the lawsuit states.
*Originals reports of this story by New Jersey media outlets mis-gendered, and incorrectly acknowledged the difference between a trans man and trans woman, by stating a trans-woman with a prosthetic. It’s been re-written to give the respect our community deserves.