A transgender woman in California ‘badly assaulted and jaundiced after sheriff’s deputies were placed in a jail cell with three men looking’
- Christina Frost is suing the San Diego County and Sheriff’s Department
- He is accused of assaulting a man in a holding cell in the county jail
- Frost is accused of having the wrong gender and being placed in a cell with men against his will
- Sheriff’s deputies say they are standing by and failing to intervene during the attack
- Frost says she had to have two surgeries and had to shut her mouth with a wire
A transgender woman arrested in San Diego last year was placed in a holding cell with three men for defying her will and then beaten so badly that she suffered a broken jaw, according to the lawsuit.
Christina Frost was accused in federal court papers of being a ‘book-and-release’ prisoner at the San Diego Central Jail in November last year.
Initially, she was placed in a holding cell only.
According to a lawsuit filed last week in the US District Court for the Southern District of California, ‘she was subsequently moved to a minimum supervised cell with three men, without any reasonable justification and against her will.
Frost protested, telling jailers that her driving license and other identification papers indicate she was a woman.
Christina Frost, a transgender woman who was arrested in San Diego last year, was placed in a holding cell with three men for defying her will and then beaten so badly that she broke her jaw, according to the lawsuit.
Frost suffered two fractures in her jaw and had to undergo two operations to insert and remove hardware
At the time of her resignation, Frost was wearing ‘feminine’ clothing, including high-cut shorts and a bra, according to court papers.
According to the lawsuit, ‘tragically – and hopefully – one of the men in the cell, Ms. Frost attacked badly.
‘Ms. His closed fist shots to Frost’s face caused serious bodily injury, including a broken jaw, which has required two surgeries to fix. ‘
The Frost lawsuit alleges that San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy Mason Cassidy showed “deliberate indifference” and allowed the pummeling to occur without interference.
No contact details are available for Cassidy.
According to the lawsuit, she was forced to wait 12 hours before being taken to a hospital for medical treatment.
Doctors diagnosed Frost with two jaw fractures. She had to undergo two separate surgeries to insert and remove the hardware from her jaw.
According to the lawsuit, her mouth was shut for a long time during Frost’s recovery
As part of her recovery, according to the lawsuit, she had to ‘shut her mouth with a wire’ for a long time.
A ‘book-and-release’ usually involves reporting to a specific prison at a specified date and time – usually a weekend – where the person in question is fingerprinted, photographed, processed and then released.
Depending on how busy the prison is, the process can take anywhere from 10 minutes to a few hours.
It is not clear why Frost was taken into custody.
In February, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department published a training bulletin, which called for detainees to be taken to facilities consistent with their gender identity.
Last year, NBC News conducted an investigation that found transgender detainees were rarely placed in cells that corresponded to their gender identity.
Last month, San Diego County agreed to pay millions of dollars to the family of 43-year-old Heron Moriarty, a suicidal man who committed suicide in his prison cell.
The family has received about $ 3 million since the lawsuit was filed against the county.