(Photo: Republican Jazmina Saavedra. A candidate for California’s 44th Congressional district.)
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law are calling on California’s Attorney General to investigate congressional candidate Jazmina Saavedra, reports Gay Star News.
Earlier this month, Saavedra, a candidate for California’s 44th Congressional district, posted a Facebook Live video that showed her harassing a transgender woman in a Denny’s restaurant. In the video, she complains about protections for trans people under California’s civil rights law. She frequently misgenders the woman and alludes to the fact she had pepper spray and was prepared to use it. The video has since been removed from Facebook.
HRC and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law believe this incident potentially constitutes a hate crime.