The New York Civil Liberties Union and Legal Services of Central New York filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Ms. DeAnna LeTray, a transgender woman and Watertown resident who law enforcement harassed, arrested, and assaulted when responding to a call for assistance.

The suit argues that the Watertown Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s office, as well as individual police and corrections officers, variously subjected LeTray to sexual assault, an illegal strip search, and discrimination on the basis of her gender identity, violating her rights under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment, the New York State Civil Rights Law, and the New York State Constitution.


JP Perry, Bobby Hodgson, Legal Services of Central New York

Date filed

February 8, 2021


United States District Court Norther District of New York



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