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Hours-long police standoff in Philadelphia ends; Condition of Epstein’s body revealed

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Suspect in custody after hours-long ordeal that left six Philadelphia police officers wounded
The suspect linked to Wednesday’s hours-long standoff in Philadelphia was in custody after surrendering to authorities just after midnight Thursday, exiting a residence with his hands in the air and with a police light shining on him, surrounded by a cloud of tear gas. The standoff, authorities said, started when two officers with the Narcotics Strike Force were serving a warrant at the multifamily home — in what may have been a drug-related offense — when things “went awry almost immediately,” and the shooter opened fire at the home. The two officers were barricaded in separate rooms with several hostages. The shootout stretched on for hours as six officers were shot — and two officers and three hostages were later freed, apparently unhurt.

Police dispatch audio reveals the tense moments during the standoff. The suspect was identified by unnamed police sources as Maurice Hill, 36, of Philadelphia. Hill has a long record of gun-related convictions and of attempting to evade arrest, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. All six officers were in stable condition and treated for non-life-threatening injuries before doctors released them, Philadelphia police Sgt. Eric Gripp said. Meanwhile, 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., faced criticism for politicizing the ordeal during an appearance on CNN.

Epstein autopsy reveals several broken bones in neck: report
An autopsy on the body of Jeffrey Epstein revealed the convicted sex offender had several broken bones in his neck, including the hyoid bone, according to a report. The hyoid bone, which is near the Adam’s apple, can be broken in a suicide by hanging — especially in older people — but is more common in strangulation murders, The Washington Post reported. Epstein, 66, was found hanging in his cell in an “apparent suicide” at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City on Saturday where he was being held on sex trafficking charges. He was placed on suicide watch in July but was removed from it by the end of the month.

Trump suggests ‘personal meeting’ with Chinese president amid Hong Kong unrest
President Trump in a tweet Wednesday evening suggested a “personal meeting” with Chinese President Xi Jinping amid tensions in Hong Kong and fears that an escalating trade war could trigger a global recession. “I have ZERO doubt that if President Xi wants to quickly and humanely solve the Hong Kong problem, he can do it,” Trump tweeted. Personal meeting?”

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President Donald Trump, left, meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Saturday, June 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The president’s tweet came after weeks of sometimes violent clashes between pro-democracy protesters and police in Hong Kong that started over a now-defunct extradition bill that would allow defendants to be tried in mainland China. The unrest included massive protests at Hong Kong’s airport that resulted in more than 100 flight cancellations. One possibility for a face-to-face meeting between Trump and Xi could be in advance of the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York City, which is scheduled to begin Sept. 17.

Wall Street braces for another wild day after Dow’s 800-point plunge
Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower on Thursday after stocks and oil prices plummeted Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial tumbling 800 points — the fourth-largest daily point drop on record and the worst this year — amid increasing global recession fears. Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong all retreated. Feeding fears of a global recession was a report that Chinese industrial production was climbing at its weakest rate in 17 years and Germany’s economy — Europe’s strongest — was actually shrinking. Wednesday’s stock plunge erased the previous day’s gains from a rally that began after President Trump delayed tariffs on about $160 billion in Chinese goods due to take effect on Sept. 1. Click here to see how Fox Business anchors explain what’s next after Dow’s 800-point drop.

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Beto to resume campaign with ‘major’ speech; Hickenlooper 2020 run reportedly ending
Beto O’Rourke reportedly will formally rejoin the presidential race Thursday, resuming a campaign that has been suspended for nearly two weeks. He promises to make a “major address to the nation” from his hometown of El Paso, Texas, where a mass shooting on Aug. 3 left 22 people dead. Meanwhile, John Hickenlooper, a former governor of Colorado, will end his 2020 campaign Thursday, according to reports. Hickenlooper is not expected to announce a decision Thursday on whether he will run for Senate in Colorado, an option he has been discussing with advisers, the Associated Press reports.

FBI ‘indifferent’ to possible China hack of Hillary Clinton’s server, as State Department fought to protect her, interviews suggest
Interviews with intelligence community officials have revealed that senior FBI leaders “seemed indifferent to evidence of a possible intrusion by a foreign adversary” into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s non-government email server, and that State Department officials allegedly sought to “downgrade classified material found on the server,” according to Senate investigators still probing the matter.

The information was contained in a letter and interview transcripts sent Monday by the majority staff on the Senate Finance and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committees to senior Senate Republicans, including Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. The letter also noted that “neither the committees nor the FBI were able to confirm whether an intrusion into the server occurred.”

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Philadelphia standoff: Police dispatch audio reveals tense moments during hours-long ordeal

Dramatic audio from police dispatchers reveals how two officers became trapped and six others were wounded as gunfire rang out during an hours-long standoff that turned one residential Philadelphia neighborhood upside down Wednesday.

Several officers with the Narcotics Strike Force were serving a warrant at the multifamily home — in connection with what may have been a drug-related offense — when things “went awry almost immediately,” and the shooter opened fire, police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said.

“We’ve got several shot officers. We’ve got an officer down. They’re still getting shot – shots fired,” a female dispatcher said shortly after the gunfire began around 4:30 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA SUSPECT IN CUSTODY AFTER HOURS-LONG ORDEAL THAT LEFT 6 OFFICERS WOUNDED

“We’ve got several shot officers. We’ve got an officer down. They’re still getting shot – shots fired.” 

— Philadelphia police dispatcher

Several officers had entered the home and made their way to the rear of the property when a gunman, armed with an AK-47 rifle and several pistols, began to open fire. Some officers jumped out of windows to escape the barrage of bullets but two officers were trapped inside on the second floor.

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Officers gather for crowd control near a massive police presence set up outside a house as they investigate an active shooting situation, in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. (Associated Press)

“I got an officer shot at this location in the leg!” one officer yelled to a police dispatcher.  “They’re saying the shooter is in the kitchen. We’ve got an officer down. Radio: I want Erie Avenue shut down – right now,” another dispatcher said, Philadelphia’s FOX 29 reported.

“I got an officer shot at this location in the leg! They’re saying the shooter is in the kitchen. We’ve got an officer down.”

— Police officer calling in to dispatcher

Dozens of officers responded in patrol cars. Six officers total were wounded in the gunfire and were rushed to local hospitals where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries and later released. Police blocked off the streets around the scene. At least two other officers were treated for non-life-threatening injuries related to automobile accidents that resulted in the commotion to get to the scene.

Two officers barricaded

While most officers made it out of the home initially, two officers were barricaded in separate rooms on the second floor as the gunman on the first floor shot through the ceiling and outside widows at officers below.

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“Be advised. We’re still pinned down inside this location,” one of the officers said over radio around 5 p.m. “The male is inside the kitchen shooting upward and forward to the opposition of the police.”

“Be advised. We’re still pinned down inside this location. The male is inside the kitchen shooting upward and forward to the opposition of the police.”

— Officer heard on police radio

One officer was trapped in a back bedroom with a male and a female hostage. Another officer was trapped in a bathroom with a male hostage. The hostages had already been handcuffed by police at the time the shooting began.

“How you doing inside?” a police commander asked an officer inside, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. “I got full ammo, ready to go,” the officer radioed back.

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Authorities stand outside a house as they investigate an active shooting situation, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in the Nicetown neighborhood of Philadelphia. (Associated Press)

SWAT and hostage negotiators were called in. The two officers and three hostages managed to escape without being harmed with the help of the SWAT team around 10 p.m. as the standoff continued. Police eventually rescued four more women who were trapped on the second floor amid the gunfire.

Daycare center on lockdown

Hundreds of rounds of gunfire could be heard throughout the afternoon. A nearby daycare was placed under lockdown until law enforcement could evacuate 58 children and adults from the building, the Inquirer reported.

“We had to stay calm and collected, and get the children calm,” one daycare worker said.  “I’m just happy I got my daughter,” Shere Calhoun said as she caressed her 8-year-old’s head. “I didn’t want her to be a victim.”

“We had to stay calm and collected, and get the children calm. … I’m just happy I got my daughter. … I didn’t want her to be a victim.”

— Shere Calhoun, parent of 8-year-old

Police called in two city buses to hold the children whose parents had not arrived yet as the shootout continued blocks away. Temple University also placed its health and science campus, which includes the hospital, on lockdown.

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“Calm down, calm down,” an officer yelled as a parent ran down the block. “The kids are safe.”

Law enforcement tried to communicate with the suspect both over loudspeaker and on the phone to difuse the situation. The suspect’s girlfriend facilitated communication during the first call. A second three-way call transpired with the suspect, his attorney and police to urge the suspect he would not be hurt if he surrendered. After almost an eight-hour-long ordeal, the suspect surrendered to authorities just after midnight Thursday, exiting the residence with his hands in the air and with a police light shining on him, surrounded by a cloud of tear gas.

The Philadelphia Police Department didn’t officially released the name of the suspect, but unnamed police sources told the Inquirer that he was Maurice Hill, 36, of Philadelphia. Hill has a long criminal record, including several gun-related convictions and has been arrested for attempted murder and resisting arrest, the newspaper reported, citing court records.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Jeffrey Epstein autopsy reveals broken bones in neck, cause of death pending: report

An autopsy on the body of Jeffrey Epstein revealed the convicted sex offender had several broken bones in his neck, including the hyoid bone, according to a report.

The hyoid bone, which is near the Adam’s apple, can be broken in a suicide by hanging — especially in older people — but is more common in strangulation murders, The Washington Post reported.

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Epstein, 66, was found hanging in his cell in an “apparent suicide” at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City on Saturday where he was being held on sex trafficking charges.

He was placed on suicide watch in July but was removed from it by the end of the month.

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The circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death have led to several unsubstantiated conspiracy theories.

His official cause of death is still pending, The Post reported.

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This Day in History: Aug. 15

On this day, Aug, 15 …

1969: The Woodstock Music and Art Fair opens in Bethel, N.Y.

Also on this day:

  • 1939: “The Wizard of Oz” premieres in Hollywood.
  • 1947: The Indian Independence Bill creates the two independent states of India and Pakistan.
  • 1998: A car bomb kills 29 people in Omagh, Northern Ireland, the deadliest act of violence in more than 30 years of the “Troubles.”
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Off-duty NYPD officer found dead in Queens, force’s ninth suicide this year

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A veteran officer with the New York Police Department was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Wednesday, becoming the ninth officer this year to commit suicide.

The 56-year-old officer, who worked for the department for more than 20 years, shot himself at his home in Laurelton, Queens, shortly after 6 p.m., police said.

OFF-DUTY NYPD OFFICER DIES OF SELF-INFLICTED GUNSHOT, BECOMES 8TH CITY COP TO DIE BY SUICIDE THIS YEAR

The officer was rushed to Long Island Jewish Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

His death came just one day after an officer from nearby Yonkers killed himself.

The NYPD said, “We are saddened to announce that the NYPD has suffered another tragedy today with the loss of one of our officers to suicide.” The police department also urged officers to seek help for mental illness or depression.

“To anyone who may be struggling, know that there is support available,” the NYPD tweeted. “Behind each of these resources are people that care about your well-being.”

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, an off-duty officer who had been on the job for seven years with the Yonkers Police Department committed suicide at his home. Yonkers is a city of 200,000 residents, in Westchester County, just north of New York City.

Over 47,000 suicides were reported in the U.S. in 2017, or 14 per 100,000 people — the highest rate in at least half a century.

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In 2018, at least 159 officers died by suicide, 9 percent more than the total number of officers killed in the line of duty, according to Blue H.E.L.P., a nonprofit run by active and retired police officers.

New York City had one of the highest rates of officer suicides among major U.S. cities, with 10 officers reported dead as of Jan. 1, 2019.

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NYC sanitation worker used license plates found in trash to avoid $17G in fines, investigators say

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A New York City sanitation worker was arrested Wednesday for allegedly putting license plates he found in the trash on his car to avoid paying more than $17,000 in fines.

Jason Rivera, 45, of Staten Island, incurred the penalties for parking and traffic violations as well as unpaid E-Z Pass tolls, authorities said. He faces a charge of grand larceny, the New York Daily News reported.

A criminal complaint said Rivera found the plates in 2016 and gave them to a friend, who then returned them to Rivera a year later, the city Department of Investigation concluded.

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“These types of crimes undermine the government’s ability to do its job and maintain a standard of safety on the roads,” said DOI Commissioner Magaret Garnett. “These offenses are particularly egregious when committed by a city employee who used his job as a means to commit a crime.”

Prosecutors say that Rivera racked up 72 parking and traffic violations totaling $5,500, as well as $1,793.50 in unpaid tolls and $10,600 in unpaid fees, the New York Post reported.

The plates were not registered to his vehicle, or any vehicle, the paper reported, making it difficult to determine who was responsible for the fines. The department began an inquiry after receiving a complaint from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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An investigator confronted Rivera about the pocketed plates and said he confessed to using them.

“Misusing New York State license plates, ignoring traffic and parking violations and failing to pay tolls are crimes that will result in arrest and prosecution,” Garnett said.

Rivera is expected back in court on Oct. 10.

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Kentucky mother arrested after children found in cockroach-infested home, eating Pop-Tarts for meals: police

A Kentucky mother was arrested last week after police discovered her three young children living in a cockroach-infested home, authorities said.

The mother, Sarah Herald, 27, faces three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and three counts of second-degree criminal abuse, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

Police responded to the home in Georgetown – about 70 miles east of Louisville – on Saturday after a neighbor reported seeing three “filthy” children who’d been playing outside unsupervised for a long period of time, an arrest citation said.

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Sarah Herald reportedly told police she’d tried using spray to address the bugs, “but it’s not working, obviously.” (Scott County Detention Center)

An officer saw three stained mattresses full of cockroaches and bedbugs – both dead and alive – outside the home. The officer said a foul odor emanating from the home could be smelled outside, Lexington’s Fox 56 reported.

The children – ages 2, 4, and 5 – were found inside the home “rolling in copious amounts of trash, dirt, discarded food and crawling cockroaches,” the arrest citation said. Police said the children were barefoot and “extremely dirty,” including dirty fingernails and toenails, the Herald-Leader reported.

The officer saw trash, cockroaches, dead insects, and insect feces throughout the hours, the arrest citation said. Bedbugs were also found on the children’s mattress, according to police. In the kitchen, police found a pile of garbage with cockroaches crawling over it, court documents said.

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Herald reportedly told an officer she’d tried used spray for the cockroaches, “but it’s not working, obviously.” She also told police her children were eating Pop-Tarts for meals because the food in the fridge – which police said was moldy and expired – was not safe for them to eat, court documents said.

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Child Protective Services removed the children from the home and placed them with their paternal grandmother, the arrest citation said.

Herald was arrested and placed in the Scott County Detention Center. She was formally arraigned on Tuesday.

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Muslim cleric in Texas ordered to pay woman $2.5M in sexual exploitation lawsuit

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A Dallas-area Muslim cleric was ordered Thursday to pay $2.5 million to a woman he’s accused of sexually exploiting.

District Court Judge Emily Tobolowsky ruled that the cleric, Imam Zia ul-Haq Sheikh, 50, must compensate the woman for mental anguish and other damages, The Dallas Morning News reported. Sheikh had been an imam at the Islamic Center of Irving, one of the biggest mosques in Texas.

In an email to the paper, he said he believed the judgment was in error.

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“Unfortunately, litigation in this country does not always favor the truth,” he said. “In most cases, it boils down to how much financial stamina one has, and whether one has good legal representation.”

Sheikh was accused of sexually exploiting the woman — identified only as Jane Doe — after providing her with mental health services when she turned 18.

“Jane’s emotional dependency as a result of being counseled by defendant from age 13 to age 19 led Jane to be fearful of losing defendant’s support in her life, and therefore created a situation where Jane was unable to refuse defendant’s requests,” the lawsuit said, referring to Sheikh’s alleged requests for sexually explicit photos and videos, and, ultimately, for intercourse.

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When the woman was 19, the pair had sex at a motel, according to the paper. Sheikh gave her a pregnancy test afterward to ensure he wouldn’t lose his job. He later cut off contact with her.

The woman’s attorney, Susan Adams, told the paper in a statement that the judgment “offers justice and hope not only to her but to other survivors of abuse.”

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Fresno cops interrupt music video shoot, arrest 16-year-old over stolen handgun

The recording of a music video in Fresno, Calif. was cut short Tuesday evening after police arrested a teen allegedly armed with a stolen .40-caliber handgun.

Officers responded to a 911 call reporting a group drinking alcohol, flashing gang signs and shooting the video, police said.

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Fresno police on Tuesday obtained a .40 caliber handgun and 12 .40 caliber cartridges during an arrest.  (Fresno Police Department)

A 16-year-old who matched the caller’s description allegedly was carrying a gun magazine loaded with 12 .40-caliber cartridges, the Fresno Bee reported, citing a police spokesman. The teen allegedly told officers he had hidden a handgun inside his pants.

The gun was a Smith & Wesson model SD 40 VE semi-automatic handgun, which police later determined was stolen five years ago in Cathedral City, Fresno’s KSEE-TV reported.

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The teen allegedly told officers he was an active member of the Fresno-based gang “College Street Bulldogs.”

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He was arrested on multiple firearm-related charges and booked into the Fresno County Juvenile Hall, according to the paper. His identity was not released.

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Pennsylvania to become latest state offering gender-neutral IDs

PHILADELPHIA – Last spring, Deter Rose walked into a Philadelphia Driver, and Photo License Center with a “Request for Gender Change” form. Handwritten on the form was a box with the single letter “X” scribbled in under gender.

Rose, a social worker, identifies as a trans-non-binary individual, who prefers gender-neutral pronouns like “they/them/their” and for years felt uncomfortable choosing between the male and female option on the state ID form.

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Dexter Rose, is a Gender Affirming Services Specialist with the Mazzoni Center. (Fox News / Talia Kirkland)

“It didn’t feel very affirming to have to draw in the box, and then not know if PennDOT [Pennsylvania Department of Transportation] would honor the form,” said Rose, “the whole process was scary.”

Nearly one year later, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is expected to change its policy and drivers in the state will have three options when it comes to identifying themselves on their driver’s licenses and state IDs: male, female, and X.

Rose said the change is a big step forward, and a victory for members of the LGBTQ community.

“This change will give people access, and that’s important,” said Rose.

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According to Alexis Campbell, a spokesperson for PennDOT the change comes in  response to a growing number of residents asking for gender-neutral ID options and “national trends.”

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“PennDOT is glad to offer a license that is inclusive of everybody and can accurately reflect who they are,” said Campbell.

Pennsylvania is part of a growing number of states that are allowing ID holders to choose their gender, or no gender, no matter what their birth certificate says.

Three years ago, no one in the U.S. was legally recognized as neither male or female. Today, seven states and Washington D.C. allow people to change their gender without a doctor’s signature, and 13 states have a policy in place allowing drivers to obtain a gender-neutral marker on their driver’s licenses and identification cards.

Most recently, New Hampshire passed a law creating a gender-neutral option for driver’s licenses, which will take effect in January. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu allowed the bill to become law without his signature on July 10. In Pennsylvania, the Department of Transportation believes it can make the change without action by the General Assembly, said Campbell.

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But there has been pushback by some conservative groups that say the change is impractical and ripe for abuse.

In Pennsylvania, the socially conservative Pennsylvania Family Institute said identification documents are legal documents, which should reflect objective facts, like biological sex. The group also objected to the fact that no documentation would be needed to prove gender identity.

“Proponents of the legislation provide no answers to the many practical questions it raises,” said Michael Geer, president of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, in a statement. “If our state starts discarding biological sex from our identity documents, it will impact law enforcement, insurances, and medical care.”

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Republican lawmakers echoed those concerns.

“It’s an unnecessary change,” said Pennsylvania Rep. Tedd Nesbit, R-Mercer County. He said removing a gender marker on IDs could make it more difficult for police to relay identifying information.

State Rep. Lynda Schlegel-Culver, R-Northumberland County, said an immediate concern would be whether the change would create problems in complying with the federal REAL ID requirements.

But PennDOT officials assured drivers this is a change that is long overdue.

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A National Center for Transgender Equality survey released in 2016, which included 28,000 transgender respondents, found 69 percent of Pennsylvanians in the survey said their IDs listed a gender that did not reflect their gender identity.

Of the Pennsylvanians who participated in the survey, 30 percent said they’d been verbally harassed, denied service or assaulted after they provided an ID that did not reflect the gender with which they identified.

“Everyone deserves to have something in their pocket that accurately shows who they are,” said Campbell.

Rose agreed.

“It feels good to have identification the reflects who really am,” Rose said.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said, by spring 2020, motorist in the state who don’t want to disclose their gender will be able to place an “X” on their driver’s licenses instead of identifying themselves as male or female.

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