THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Trans woman Jodie Jones told Deputy Susan Henderson who had followed Jones into the women’s restroom at a court house, that she had a right to be there. Henderson, however, supposedly said “regardless of what the law is” she wasn’t going to let Jones use the restroom and ordered her out. Jones complied, but later filed a civil rights complaint.
Last week, Iowa Administrative Law Judge Heather Palmer ruled that the incident in the Johnson County Courthouse restroom had enough evidence to support Jones’ charges. Among some of the evidence was Deputy Henderson prior knowledge that Jones was transgender. Henderson’s statements were also found to be discriminative as well.
Along with support for Jones from the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, it is expected the parties involved will come to a settlement. As for Jones, she says she is doing this so others don’t have to endure the humiliation that happened to her. She says if the sheriff department apologizes, she won’t file a lawsuit. Deputy Henderson, however, has since retired.
This is a good outcome. I believe the deputy overstepped her bounds and tried to use Jones’ prior arrest history as justification for her actions, when in fact, one’s prior criminal history does not rid one of equality rights unless specified in bail or probation conditions. Jones, apparently, had no such conditions set.
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