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Trans Off-Road Racer Allegedly Tased by Desert Rangers

Trans Off-Road Racer Allegedly Tased by Desert Rangers


A transgender woman's altercation with Imperial County Desert Rangers last month was captured on video.

Brooke Frantelli, a well-known off-road race driver, was reportedly doing a photo shoot in the Imperial County desert when she was stopped by a ranger.

San Diego's LGBT Weeklyreports that while the "43-year-old Fantelli had been living as a woman for some time, she had been told by her physician that she needed to live two full years as a female before she could change her California identification."

Fantelli -- who was reportedly detained for public intoxication -- says the ranger became hostile after seeing her ID, which listed her as male.

"He actually looked me straight in the eye and says, 'You used to be a guy,' and I said, 'Yes, I did.' There was no way around it. I could see it in his eyes. He wanted to do that," Fantelli told San Diego's 10News last month. "It was obvious. He hated me."

Fantelli claims she had consumed only two and a half beers, while the officer insisted she'd had four. Despite presenting what appears to be a nonthreatening demeanor (in the beginning of the video, Frantelli is seen standing calmly with her hands in the air), the victim is knocked to the ground by what appears to be a taser to the crotch.

Fantelli is reportedly planning a civil lawsuit against the officers.

Read the full story here. Watch the video below.

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