North Carolina: Woman kicked out of ladies’ bathroom by police after being mistaken for transgender

Charlotte, NC | A North Carolinian woman was brutally ejected from a ladies’ bathroom yesterday after nearby police officers were alerted by local citizens that a transgender was using a public women’s bathroom.

Linda Hovensky, a 54-year-old resident of Charlotte, was tased multiple times by police officers as she was forced outside of the ladies washroom with her pants down and in front of a large crowd.

“I was taking a crap when police officers started yelling at me and telling me to open the door but I wasn’t finished, so they kicked the door open and grabbed me with my pants down and rushed me outside” recalls the victim, visibly traumatized by the latest events.

“I tried to fight them to at least put my pants back on, that’s when they threw me on the floor and started kicking the life out of me and tased me I don’t know how many times,” she told local reporters in tears.


Linda Hovensky was beaten, tased and thrown on the sidewalk with her pants down in front a large crowd after being mistaken for a transgender woman

A “visible threat” to police officers

The woman represented a visible threat to police officers on the scene, explains Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department spokesman, Allan Jones.

“If the lady had not refused to come out peacefully out of the washroom and had explained calmly that she was, in fact, a woman and was in her own right to be there, there would not have been no escalation of violence,” Jones told reporters.

“The woman threatened police officers and that is what made things difficult for her and the agents that intervened” said Jones, during the press conference.

“She was hysterical and represented a possible threat to our officers who followed all proper procedures in this case,” he adds.

Kept in jail for five hours

Miss Hovensky was jailed for a period of over five hours at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department because she was unable to identify herself before a friend was able to bring proof of her identity to police headquarters.

“The idiot cops left my purse on the scene and left me to rot in jail for five hours because they thought I was a man? I’m going to sue the hell out of them, you can be sure about that” she told local reporters, visibly angered by the whole affair.

Gov. Pat McCrory signed the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, also known as House Bill 2 or HB2 in 2016.

The law bans people from using bathrooms that don’t match the sex indicated on their birth certificates, which opponents argue is discriminatory toward the transgender community.

7 Comments on "North Carolina: Woman kicked out of ladies’ bathroom by police after being mistaken for transgender"

  1. This won’t be the only incident like this. I can almost guarantee that. I hope NC has plenty of money in the coffers to cover all the potential lawsuits and I will say this lady is going to clean up if she decides to sue. Even if she was transgendered the police completely overstepped their duties. They could have just as easily waited for her to come out and take it from there. They say she resisted and was belligerent, well no kidding, they kicked down the stall door while she was going to the bathroom. I think anyone, male or female, would be the same way.

  2. Philip Talpers | April 17, 2016 at 11:02 pm | Reply

    If they were transgender the beating and tasing would have been ok???

  3. Cubical! Not cynical.

    • Michael Pelletier | April 18, 2016 at 11:54 am |

      “Cubicle.” But in the US they’re usually known as bathroom “stalls,” not “cubicles.”

  4. But it’s completely justified in the interest of “public safety.”


    • What about the safety of the person involved. How humiliating that was. It’s like the kkk. Next we will be hanging someone just because they identify as the opposite gender. They aren’t going to rape you, for God’s sake. We are such a backward country.

  5. The police acted this way on some strangers say so?
    Even if she were a transgender woman, where is harassment coming from inside a cynical? What possible threat? Is their time so precious that they have entitlement to treat anyone this way in the course of investigating a report of some possible misdemeanor? And just what is the penalty for transgender people caught not complying with the ban? It is not in the HB2 bill. Was this a government building? Clearly this is where the ban is in effect, more likely to affect school children.

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