A federal judge in Memphis has declared a mistrial for a former police officer charged with beating a transgender prisoner.
The mistrial was declared Monday after jurors began deliberating last Wednesday in the case against Bridges McRae. He was accused of violating the civil rights of Duanna Johnson […]
Johnson was repeatedly hit in the face with handcuffs as she was being booked into jail on a prostitution charge in February 2008. McRae testified Johnson pushed and scratched him and he was trying to control her.
The 43-year-old Johnson was shot to death later in 2008 on a street corner near her home. No one has been arrested.
Prosecutors say they plan to charge McRae again. He will stay free on his current bond.
And they say justice is blind…
Previous, related posts on this blog:
- Duanna Johnson civil rights trial update (April 14, 2010)
- Duanna Johnson’s Funeral–DONATIONS NEEDED (November 13, 2008)
- Duanna Johnson shot dead (November 11, 2008)
- If at first you don’t succeed…? (July 28, 2008)
- Race, gender identity, the justice system and the beating of Duanna Johnson (June 27, 2008)
- Transphobic violence: the video (June 20, 2008)