D.C. police have charged a security guard at a Giant grocery store with simple assault after a transgender woman said the guard forced her out of the women’s restroom. Ebony Belcher, 32, said she went to the Giant in northeast D.C. with a friend to pick up a delivery from the Western Union. While at the Giant, she asked a store employee to point her to the restroom and passed a female security officer standing in the hallway.

The officer came into the restroom and told her to get out, according to Belcher. “She opened the door and came in and started calling me derogatory names,” Belcher said. She said the officer put her hand on her shoulder and arm, grabbed her and pushed her out of the store. READ MORE