Law enforcement officers in the nation’s capital arrested a female security guard and threatened her with “hate crime” charges for removing a [biological] man — who claims to be a woman — from a women’s restroom.
The woman security guard — whose name was not released — reportedly asked a “transgender” man on Monday at around noon to leave a restroom located inside a Giant store that was designated for women only.
After refusing to comply with the security guard, the 32-year-old male, who identifies himself as “Ebony” Belcher, made a scene, which ended in the guard escorting the man from the Washington, D.C. retail store.
Belcher recounted that the female security guard insisted that his behavior of frequenting the women’s facilities was not allowed by the law in the nation’s capital — at least, yet.
“You guys cannot keep coming in here and using our women’s restroom,” she told Belcher, he recalled — according to LifeSiteNews. “They did not pass the law yet.”
Tony Pixley — an eyewitness of the incident — claimed that the dispute between the female security guard and the transgender man evolved into a physical altercation inside the store.
“[They were] getting into it and throwing stuff,” Pixley told WJLA-TV shortly after the incident. “They went back and forth.”
Calling on LGBT activists
In retaliation to his alleged discriminatory treatment of being kicked out of the women’s restroom by the security guard, Belcher proceeded to seek advice from a “longtime transgender activist” who is a man by birth, but proclaims to be a woman. The LGBT advocate, who changed his name to Earline Budd, instructed Belcher to call the police and press charges against the security guard, the local NBC-4 television station reports.
As a result of Belcher’s phone call, the police arrested the security guard for allegedly assaulting the transgender man.
However, assault was not the only crime that was listed on the police report written by Washington, D.C., law enforcement officers. The incident was listed on the security guard’s rap sheet as a potential hate crime.
According to NBC-4, the District of Columbia’s Office of LGBT Affairs is closely monitoring the proceedings and any developments in the case.
Still looking into things
To shine more light on the nature of the altercation between the transgender man and the female security guard, the Giant retailer issued a statement divulging information about the woman who was hired to maintain a safe environment for shoppers and employees. In the statement, the store explained that she was employed by an independent security company.
Representatives of Giant are advising everyone with information about the incident to direct all comments to local law enforcement officers.
Many eyewitnesses did not see things the way LGBT activists and the local police department interpreted the event.
One customer who was shopping at Giant at the time of the incident bluntly expressed that the security guard was simply doing her job and protecting the privacy and safety of women and girls using the store’s restroom — as any normal person in her position would do.
“You got a penis — go to the men's bathroom,” Giant shopper Deana Chisholm reasoned when questioned about the incident by the WJLA television station. “If you are born a woman, go to the women's bathroom — period."