Jackson police dispute transgendered woman's bias claims

Published: Dec. 15, 2010 at 12:55 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 15, 2010 at 1:48 AM CST
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JACKSON, TN (WMC-TV) - A fight over Black Friday bargains has turned into a battle over police bias.

Two people are claiming to be victims in the fight that started at a Kohl's in Jackson Tennessee, but police say there is only one victim, and one aggressor.

Transgender woman Akasha Adonis lost three teeth in the fight. She claims she is the victim, and police became biased against her, once they found out she is transgendered.

Police say surveillance video tells a different story. So does the man involved in the fight, Torrance Bates.

"I guess if she just got in line none of this would have happened,"

Bates says his girlfriend exchanged words with Adonis's mother, when she tried to cut in line.

"She just told her she wasn't going to pass," Bates said.

In the video, Bate's girlfriend seen being shoved into the door by Adonis's mother. Then the video shows Bates jump in, along with Adonis.

"Somehow my finger ended up in her mouth and he just started, just biting me and I could tell he wasn't going to let go," Bates said. "We fell to the floor, somehow the...I think the employees pulled us apart."

Bates says he is thankful Adonis didn't rip his thumb off. His thumb was still wrapped up Tuesday, two weeks after the ordeal.

Jackson police deny Adonis's claims that officers discriminated against her because she is transgendered.

The Madison County District Attorney says no charges will be filed in case. Adonis has hired an attorney.

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