Transgender woman sues over stun gun use


A transgender woman has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management alleging excessive force after a Taser was fired at her groin.

U-T San Diego reports Brooke Fantelli said this week that the ranger involved in the incident was polite until he learned she’s transgender.

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 identified her as male and, after Peters saw it, she claims the ranger became rude and stunned her twice.

Agency spokesman Stephen Razy says the lawsuit’s being reviewed.