New York City police officers mocked a transgender woman by putting her in pink handcuffs — then slapping her with a “false personation” charge, a new lawsuit charges.
Three cops stopped Linda Dominguez as she was walking home through Claremont Park in the Bronx at 11:45 p.m. April 18, 2018, according to court papers.
Dominguez, who is Hispanic, told police she only spoke limited English and gave them her previous male name before she changed it in court because cops had asked for her prior name during a previous arrest. She also provided her address and birth date.
When she arrived at the police precinct, she gave her current legal name and explained her gender identity, the suit says.
That’s where an officer named Megan Francis secured Dominguez to a bar in a cell using pink handcuffs, according to the Bronx Supreme Court filing.
“Ms. Dominguez saw other people in the precinct in handcuffs, but none of those handcuffs were pink,” the suit states. “Ms. Dominguez saw no other handcuffs that were [link to nypost.com (secure)