Emmett Brock thought he was dying, and his mind was blown. It shouldn’t happen to me. He doesn’t do that. I can’t die like this.
He tasted the blood in his mouth. He felt as if he had been punched in the head. He then heard a sheriff’s deputy yelling at him, pinning him against the curb in the 7-Eleven parking lot.
Brock was sent to Norwalk Harbor Prison and convicted of three felonies. When he told staff he was a transgender man, he said, they asked to see his genitals before deciding which stem cells to send him.
It was in February. Brock is currently unemployed and still facing criminal charges, all stemming from a traffic stop, according to the deputy, based on the air freshener he saw hanging from Brock’s rear windshield.
A few blocks from the school, Brock saw a deputy who appeared to be talking to a woman on the side of the road. By the way, Brock raised his middle finger.
He didn’t even think his deputy would see him, he said. As Brock got out of his car, Deputy Joseph Benza approached him and said, “Let me arrest you”, without explaining why.
Confused, Brock replied, “No you didn’t.””Yes, I did,” said the deputy. He grabbed Brock’s hand and forced him down.