A mother was arrested and detained for 7 hours after calling a woman a man on twitter.
According to The Daily Mail, a mother was arrested in front of her children and locked up for seven hours after referring to a transgender woman as a man online.
Three officers detained Kate Scottow at her home before quizzing her at a police station about an argument with an activist on Twitter over so-called ‘deadnaming’.
The 38-year-old, from Hitchin, Hertfordshire in the UK; had her photograph, DNA and fingerprints taken and remains under investigation.
More than two months after her arrest on December 1, she has had neither her mobile phone or laptop returned, which she says is hampering her studies for a Masters in forensic psychology.
Mrs. Scottow claimed: ‘I was arrested in my home by three officers, with my autistic ten-year-old daughter and breastfed 20-month-old son present.
‘I was then detained for seven hours in a cell with no sanitary products (which I said I needed) before being interviewed then later released under investigation … I was arrested for harassment and malicious communications because I called someone out and misgendered them on Twitter.’ she concluded.
Complaints made by Stephanie Hayden led both to the arrest of, and injunction against, Mrs Scottow.
It was complaints by Miss Hayden (pictured below) that led both to the arrest of, and injunction against, Mrs Scottow.
Mrs Scottow denied harassing or defaming Miss Hayden and said she holds a ‘genuine and reasonable belief’ that a human ‘cannot practically speaking change sex’, but Deputy Judge Jason Coppel QC issued an interim injunction that bans her from posting any personal information about Miss Hayden on social media, ‘referencing her as a man’ or linking her to her ‘former male identity’.
Scottow has also been served with a court order that bans her from referring to her accuser as a man.
Hertfordshire Police said: ‘We take all reports of malicious communication seriously,’ confirming the arrest.