A report by NBC Washington says that a security guard at a Giant grocery store in Washington D.C. has been charged with simple assault after a transgender woman said he forced her out of the women’s restroom.
According to Ebony Belcher, 32, she was at Giant to pick up a delivery from the Western Union.
Belcher asked to be pointed to the bathroom. On the way, she passed a female security officer standing in the hallway, who she says then followed her into the bathroom.
The officer then demanded her to get out, Belcher claims.
“She opened the door and came in and started calling me derogatory names,” Belcher said to NBC Washington.
That is when Belcher says the officer put her hand on her shoulder and arm, grabbed her and pushed her out of the store.
She says the guard explained to her, “You guys cannot keep coming in here and using our women’s restroom. They did not pass the law yet.”
Belcher called the police and reported the incident after leaving the store.
Authorities then arrested the unidentified security officer.
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