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A transgender woman claims Winnipeg police officers pulled her from her vehicle at gunpoint and mocked her gender identity while mistaking her for a criminal.
Nikki Cox filed a lawsuit earlier this month against the officers, the police service and the City of Winnipeg. She claims her rights were breached through the "unlawful and unjustified detention, false arrest and abuse of authority" and is seeking unspecified financial damages.
None of her allegations has been proven in court. Police have a policy of not commenting on legal matters that are before the courts, and no statement of defence has been filed.
Cox claims she was driving her vehicle just after midnight last June 14 when she pulled into the parking lot of the St. James Civic Centre and stopped to have a cigarette. She was alone in the car but quickly had company in the form of the police helicopter hovering above and two cruiser cars that boxed her in, according to her statement of claim.
Cox says several officers emerged with their guns drawn, forced her from her vehicle, kneed her in the back and handcuffed her. She was then placed in the back of a police car while officers allegedly began searching her vehicle, believing there was another person inside.
Cox claims she was sitting inside the vehicle when she heard "some officers talking in chuckling voices saying 'He's a tranny.' " Cox says she was released a few minutes later without charge. The only explanation given to her was "Sorry, you were in the wrong place at the wrong time" as part of an ongoing police search for a suspect in a break-and-enter that had just occurred.
Mike McIntyre grew up wanting to be a professional wrestler. But when that dream fizzled, he put all his brawn into becoming a professional writer.