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Transgender woman misidentified during Johns Hopkins University sit-in arrest

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Posted at 5:25 PM, May 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-09 09:01:35-04

BALTIMORE, Md. — During the arrests of several sit-in protesters at Johns Hopkins University, officers misidentified a transgender woman and held her on the men's side of the transport wagon, says Baltimore Police.

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Officials say the transgender woman was placed on the men's side of the transport vehicle based off of the male identification on her driver's license. Police said when supervisors were notified of the misidentification, Central Booking was contacted so that the person could be processed correctly at the facility.

It is unclear if the person was ever placed on the men's side at Central Booking, or when exactly throughout the transport to Central Booking police were made aware of the misidentification.

Police are investigating the incident in an effort to determine if appropriate actions were made.

The Baltimore Police Department has ongoing training to ensure officers treat all members of the community in a respectful, professional, and appropriate manner.