A transgender Washington, D.C., cop who rose to fame after a series of articles profiled him has been implicated in a series of sexually inappropriate actions regarding co-workers, according to a number of reports.
WTTG-TV said that Jessica Hawkins — previously known as Billy — was reprimanded for two inappropriate incidents involving young interns with the police department.
Hawkins had received positive write-ups from everyone from NPR to Metro Weekly detailing the 16-year police veteran’s transition from man to woman. As late as last week, WRC-TV profiled Hawkins in a piece titled, “Transgender Officer Helps Build Trust, Ease Fear in D.C.”
And in fact it certainly seems that the Washington Metropolitan Police Department has been more than happy to let Hawkins speak out on his transition. They were less apt, however, to speak about the actions that earned him a reprimand.
The allegations centered around Hawkins taking underage interns out to drink at a well-known LGBT bar in Arlington, Virginia, and showing interns a sex video featuring himself.
The report confirmed that Hawkins had decided to “take interns assigned to her unit out drinking with other MPD officers” and laughed when one used a fake ID.
Hawkins also showed them a “homemade video of her having sex with four men while she was intoxicated.” Hawkins also admitted showing others “an inappropriate picture.”
Hawkins also admitted to buying and then drinking alcohol with other officers while on duty.
“Following misconduct allegations, Sgt. Jessica Hawkins was the focus of a recent internal affairs investigation,” a statement from Metropolitan Police read. “That investigation has concluded and the findings are currently with the MPD’s disciplinary review division. The DRD will review and determine an appropriate penalty. Throughout the investigation, Sgt.Hawkins remained in her current assignment and is still widely considered a valuable MPD team member in our special liaison division.”
Needless to say, this has been met with less attention in the media than the previous portfolio of hagiographic articles.
There is obviously no overarching lesson to be learned about transgender individuals in general from Hawkins’ story, but there is a very clear lesson to be learned about media slant — especially when you consider almost anyone reporting on this story could have found out about these allegations with a little bit of investigation.
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H/T The Daily Caller