Valerie Jackson, a transgender woman, is suing Texas sheriff, his predecessor and several deputies after she was ordered to show them her genitals, sent to a men’s jail, and filmed in the shower following her arrest for possession of a gun at an airport.
Jackson suffered humiliation and degrading treatment by both employees and inmates during her incarceration at the Dallas County Jail.
The lawsuit claims she was ordered to shower with other male inmates while they masturbated as they stared at her, arguing that her constitutional rights to equal protection, due process, and privacy were violated.
On at least one occasion, a male officer filmed her while she was in the shower. Jackson is described as “feminine appearing” and as having breast.
Those named in the lawsuit include Lupe Valdez, who was Dallas County Sheriff from 2005 to 2017, the incumbent sheriff Marian Brown, several deputies and jail officers. Valdez unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2018.
During Jackson’s booking, she was initially identified as a female, having legally changed her gender. When a nurse asked about her menstrual cycle it was discovered that she is transgender.
In front of the other female inmates, one of the jail employees asked her, “Have you had everything done there?”
She was then escorted to an enclosed corner of the room and directed to reveal her genitals.
Jackson was then taken to be with the men. Her lawsuit states claim she was subjected to continual sexually harassing and offensive comments relating to her gender identity, her transgender status, and her gender expression by jail staff and inmate.
Jackson’s lawyers argue that Dallas County employees failed to follow their own policies on the treatment of transgender inmates and that they were improperly trained.
Jackson is seeking damages and a jury trial.