Some Trans activists are expressing outrage and are calling out the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Department for allegedly using excessive force during the arrest of a transgender woman on Wednesday, December 7, 2022. Annie Jump Vicente, 31, a former employee of Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin’s office, was arrested for obstructing deputies from entering the apartment complex she resides in while deputies were responding to an alleged domestic violence call from a neighbor. She says transphobia was the root of her arrest.
A video of the arrest is currently getting attention on social media. Outgoing West Hollywood council members John D’Amico tweeated that he would look into matter after being tagged with the video.
🚨TRANSPHOBIC POLICE VIOLENCE🚨#WeHo Police brutalized and arrested a trans woman after attempting to enter an apartment without a warrant.
They threw her on the ground multiple times and misgendered her before taking her into custody.
— Stop Cop City (@jordandavidx) December 8, 2022
According to a report on Knockla.com, West Hollywood Sheriff Deputies responded to a domestic violence call the previous night. Vicente alleges the deputies did not take a statement from the victim. Vicente admitted she would not let the deputies enter the apartment building without a warrant and directed them to call the landlord’s phone number.
West Hollywood Sheriff’s said via a statement that “a use of force occurred and the female was arrested for obstructing the Deputies in the lawful course of their duties.”
In the video, Vicente is heard screaming that she was misgendered as “him” during the arrest. The video by Vicente’s roommate Mariah Darling, captures her on the floor face down with her wrists handcuffed behind her back. Knocked LA reports that she was forced to the floor and allegedly knocked her head on the wall. She was handcuffed and carried out onto the street.
Vicente was taken to the hospital to check for injuries. She was returned to the West Hollywood sheriff’s station for booking and was released later that night. She posted photos of her wrists which are visibly red from bruising.
LASD told Knock LA that they will be presenting charges against Vicente to the Los Angeles district attorney’s office. The DA tells Knock LA they have not received charges as of the posting of their piece.
Vicente has returned home and is planning to continue to speak out about her experience and call for accountability.
“I believe that we can work together to have a better future … not enough people stand up to brutality,” she told Knock LA. “I’ll speak out, and I want to encourage others to do so and to stand with me.”
The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station recently partnered with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), for a briefing of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, one of the deadliest mass shooting incidents in the nation’s history to address LGBTQ safety in West Hollywood.
The presentation took place on Thursday, December 8th, the day after Vicente’s arrest. The briefing was conducted by a terrorism expert from the FBI that covered information leading to the attack, the aftermath, and lessons learned.
The complete statement from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station regarding the incident reads as follows:
On Wednesday December 7th, 2022, at approximately 3:03 pm, West Hollywood Station received a priority call for service regarding a domestic violence incident.
Deputies responded to the 1100 block of Poinsettia Drive, in the City of West Hollywood, regarding the domestic violence call. Upon arrival, an irate female white, adult, unrelated to the domestic violence incident, approached Deputies and stood at the entrance of the apartment complex, not allowing Deputies to enter the location and conduct their investigation. In domestic violence incidents, every second is critical for the safety of victims involved. As a result of the female preventing Deputies from entering the apartment complex to get to the domestic violence incident, a use of force occurred and the female was arrested for obstructing the Deputies in the lawful course of their duties.
Deputies were then able to go to the apartment where the alleged domestic violence incident was occurring. Deputies contacted a male, who was home alone. He said his girlfriend had not been there for a couple days. A protective sweep of the location was conducted and no one else was located in the apartment.
West Hollywood Station Detectives are in the preliminary stages of their investigation. The investigation is ongoing and there is no additional information available at this time.
If you have any information related to this incident, you are asked to contact the West Hollywood Station at (310) 855-8850 and speak with Detective Huezo. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org
West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station polices the City of West Hollywood and the unincorporated communitiese of Franklin Canyon, Universal City (which includes Universal Theme Park, Studios, and Citywalk), and the Federal Enclave in West Los Angeles.