Oklahoma’s state police chief says a transgender woman’s body was mutilated with a taser during a traffic stop, and the officer used his own weapon to subdue her.
The arrest was made last Thursday after a passerby noticed the woman’s genitals were sticking out from under her pants.
It is not clear if the woman was arrested for a crime.
Bryan Hinson was a member of the Oklahoma State Patrol for about a year when he was fired on Friday, according to his Facebook page.
“I was shocked when I saw this.
When I heard what happened to my colleague I had no choice but to report it to the law.
I am appalled,” he wrote on his Facebook.
The police chief’s decision to fire Hinson comes amid mounting concern over racial profiling in the state, after a police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was recently charged with murder after killing a black man.
“The officer who fired the Taser on our officer did so in the heat of the moment.
We cannot have that,” Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said in a statement on Friday.
Oklahoma’s new law allows officers to use force against transgender people, but the state’s governor has not yet signed the bill.
Hinson is the first person to be fired from a state police department in the US.
The department has a history of racial discrimination, with at least three officers being fired for sexual harassment, according the ACLU of Oklahoma.