Trans­gen­der woman is bru­tally beaten in day­light, on video

Dal­las po­lice search­ing for at­tacker

Texarkana Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

DAL­LAS—Po­lice can­vassed a Dal­las neigh­bor­hood dur­ing the week­end in search of any­one who may have wit­nessed the bru­tal beat­ing of a trans­gen­der woman in an at­tack that hap­pened in broad day­light in front of a crowd of peo­ple and that was caught on cell­phone video.

De­tec­tives were seek­ing clues in hopes of iden­ti­fy­ing the woman’s as­sailant or as­sailants, po­lice said in a state­ment.

They said the woman re­ported the as­sault while re­ceiv­ing hos­pi­tal treat­ment Fri­day night. She told of­fi­cers the at­tack hap­pened ear­lier Fri­day af­ter she was in­volved in a mi­nor traf­fic ac­ci­dent near an apart­ment com­plex in the south­ern part of Dal­las, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice state­ment re­leased Satur­day.

A pur­ported video of the at­tack posted on Face­book shows a man in a white shirt vi­ciously beat­ing the woman, ap­par­ently into un­con­scious­ness, while the crowd looks on and ho­mo­pho­bic slurs are shouted.

Sev­eral women even­tu­ally car­ried the vic­tim’s limp body to safety.

A Dal­las po­lice spokesman said the woman’s iden­tity and fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about the case would not be re­leased Sun­day.

Dal­las Mayor Mike Rawl­ings said he is “ex­tremely an­gry about what ap­pears to be mob vi­o­lence against this woman” and that those re­spon­si­ble do not rep­re­sent how most res­i­dents feel about the city’s “thriv­ing LGBTQ com­mu­nity.”

“I am in con­tact with (Po­lice Chief U. Re­nee Hall)

and she as­sured me that the Dal­las Po­lice De­part­ment is fully in­ves­ti­gat­ing, in­clud­ing the pos­si­bil­ity that this was a hate crime,” Rawl­ings, who has viewed the video, said in a state­ment Satur­day.

Last Novem­ber, the FBI re­ported that 7,175 hate crimes were com­mit­ted in the United States in 2017, the most re­cent year for which the agency had compiled data. Of those, 1,130 were based on sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion bias and 119 on gen­der iden­tity bias. The data showed a 5% in­crease in hate crimes mo­ti­vated by sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion bias and a 4% per­cent de­crease in hate crimes mo­ti­vated by gen­der iden­tity bias. Of crimes mo­ti­vated by gen­der iden­tity bias, 106 tar­geted trans­gen­der peo­ple, a 1% in­crease from 2016.

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