Since announcing in April that trans customers are welcome to use its restrooms, Target has become ground zero in the battle for trans rights. So when police arrested a woman in connection with a bombing in the bathroom of an Evanston, Illinois, store on Wednesday, people questioned whether it was a hate crime.
— EL Anderson @ ECCC (@FemmesinFridges) June 9, 2016
No one was hurt in the bombing, and the store stayed open through out the attack. According to the Chicago Tribune, detectives took a 44-year-old woman into custody yesterday for questioning, but so far no charges have been filed. “At this point it does not appear to be related to the bathroom policy issues,” Evanston Police Commander Joseph Dugan told CBS News.
Police also revealed that the bomb was most likely a plastic bottle, but contained no projectiles.
— Megan the Elven Queen (@stormsmaycome) June 9, 2016
Regardless of the police statement, people immediately took to social media to make the connection between the bomber’s actions and terrorism.
A bomb went off in a Target bathroom. The intent was to terrify.
That is terrorism.
Call it what it is, media. Jesus.
— Nash Across the 8th Dimension (@Nash076) June 9, 2016
Even those who don’t support Target’s bathroom policy criticized the attack.
This isn’t the first time a Illinois Target store has come under fire. In early May, Michael Merichko was arrested after going on an anti-trans rant inside a Target store in Bradley. And Target stores across the country have been facing a series of boycotts, threats, and protests from anti-trans rights groups.