Transgender activist accused of pepper-spraying children says she was targeted

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A community activist accused of pepper-spraying children and getting into a physical fight with a teenager says she is the victim.

Dena Stanley’s family spokesperson, Darnika Reed, said Stanley was attacked by three people and hit in the head with a brick because she is transgender.

“With the language used and the names that Dena was called, it was obvious. Dena was not the aggressor, and Dena is an advocate for her community,” said Reed.

The incident happened on Beaver Road in Ambridge on Tuesday.

Cecilia Melvin is the mother of the children, a 15-year-old and 7-year-old.


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