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sheesh, this is a bit dense.

The point is that before getting arrested, no one knew this person's previous legal name that they no longer use (their deadname), which was released by the police. People involved also talked to the media using their new name, thus cementing the association between deadname and new name in the media. Now everyone that knows this person by their new name also knows their old name and thus (through a quick google search), now knows their previous history with actions.

Does that clear it up?