"I was arrested because they said they were taking me in to do a gender search. I was called an 'it' I was called a 'thing' and I was repeatedly threatened of them doing a gender search on me"
East Point, Ga. — Juan Evans is asking for an apology from the East Point Police Department in Georgia, after he was harassed and needlessly detained by multiple officers.
According to Juan, a recent traffic stop turned into one of the most humiliating and degrading experiences of his life.
"I was pulled over because I am ‘trans.’ I was humiliated, I was ridiculed and I was repeatedly threatened with them doing a genital search on me,” Evans told reporters.
Evans said that he was pulled over for speeding, but that the police became hostile when he told them that he did not have his ID on him.
During the entire traffic stop, the officers were allegedly ridiculing him and calling him names. Eventually, the officers told him that they needed to detain him so they could confirm his gender, by physically examining his genitalia.
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The officers allegedly told Evans that they were going to take him to jail to do a physical "gender check."
"I was arrested because they said they were taking me in to do a gender search. I was called an 'it' I was called a 'thing' and I was repeatedly threatened of them doing a gender search on me," Evans said.
Evans said that the search never actually occurred, but the humiliation that he experienced in the encounter was bad enough on its own.
This Thursday, Evans and about two dozen supporters marched to the local city hall to confront the Mayor about the ordeal. It is not clear if a lawsuit will be filed, but Evans is requesting a formal apology from the police department.
John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.