Visually impaired trans woman was assaulted by a gang of teens getting off the bus


The incident occurred in Tukwila, a suburb of Seattle in Washington on December 10th. The victim says her attackers got on the same bus with her and along the way she was hearing them verbally abusing her. But when she arrived to her destination, they got off chasing her, and the verbal conflict turned into an act of physical abuse. “They were using some slurs towards that victim which would point this more towards a hate crime. They were talking about the victim’s sexuality,” sheriff’s office spokesman sergeant Ryan Abbott told Komo News. The woman was admitted to a hospital, but her injuries were not life-threatening and she remained in conscience, so the detectives could question her about the incident immediately. Since she is legally blind it was hard for her to describe the suspects, but police were able to identify them. The alleged attackers fled when police arrived but all four were caught and taken to the King County youth detention center. CCTV footage from the bus is being used as part of the investigation. The thing is that the attackers have filed a legal claim against the woman because she used a pepper spray against them. Pepper spray is legal for self-defense purposes in the state of Washington, but the woman’s initial use of it was not justified, suggested Abbot.


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