SAN DIEGO (AP)—A transgender woman has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the U.S. Bureau of Land Management of excessive force after a Taser was fired at her groin.
U-T San Diego reports Brooke Fantelli said Monday the ranger involved in the incident was polite until learning of Fantelli’s gender change.
In a lawsuit filed last week, Fantelli accuses Ranger J. Peters of excessive force in an October 2011 incident in the Imperial County desert.
Fantelli and a group of people were on a photo shoot when the ranger approached and requested identification. Fantelli’s license still listed her as a man, and after Peters saw it, she claims he became rude and stunned her twice.
Agency spokesman Stephen Razy says the lawsuit’s being reviewed.