London, Ont. Police investigate arrest of trans woman, Twitch streamer Keffals – London

The London Police Service (LPS) will conduct an investigation into the arrest of transgender woman and popular Twitch streamer Clara Sorrenti, known as ‘Keffals’, after she suffered a stroke last week.

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Sorrenti, who is also a transgender activist, says molesters impersonated her in a series of bogus death threats sent to councilors last week, prompting police to search her home in London, Ontario last Friday.

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That morning, Sorrenti says, she was woken up by police officers who yelled at her

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“I had no idea what was going on. I put on pajamas and as I walked out the hallway I saw them coming, they told me to put my hands up,” Sorrenti told Global News on Tuesday.

“Three police officers were in the door, one of them crouched down and holding a riot shield with a C8 assault rifle pointed at me.”

Police say Sorrenti was later released from custody without charge.

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Clara Sorrenti is beaten and arrested at gunpoint

Clara Sorrenti is beaten and arrested at gunpoint

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, LPS chief Steve Williams said he wanted to address concerns about police interactions with Sorrento.

“It has come to my attention that Ms Sorrenti was addressed by a false name and gender during her time in London police custody,” Williams said.

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“We recognize that this has caused distress to Ms Sorrenti and we will review the incident to understand how this may have happened. We are currently in the process of gathering the information required for this review.”

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Williams added that police are in contact with Sorrenti and plan to share their findings with her once the review is complete.

In a tweet posted less than an hour after William’s statement was released, Sorrenti said an officer with the LPS Hate Crimes Unit had been in contact with her and said she would recover items confiscated during her arrest. These items include streaming equipment and personal communication devices.

In another tweet posted at 3:44 p.m., Sorrenti said she got her phone back.

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Police have shared some more details about the incident, including whether there are one or more suspects linked to the bogus threats.

When asked for more details, a spokesman for the LPS said they were unable to dig deeper into the case as the investigation is ongoing.

In a separate police statement on Tuesday, officers said they “could not give a firm date as to when (the investigation) will be completed.”

– with files from Ahmar Khan of Global News.

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