Det. Thomas McLaughlin of Lakewood, Ohio, was disciplined for playing the Aerosmith song “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)” while a transgender woman was questioned by a fellow officer. He became the subject of an internal affairs investigation, was given a verbal warning and was ordered to attend sensitivity training after the Dec. 22 incident, Lakewood Police Capt. Ed Hassing said.
No one should be humiliated by the police in this manner. We note with concern that at the time Robin Spitfire Adelmann was subjected to this treatment (as he was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting), he was apparently living in a Women’s shelter.