Monday, April 15, 2019

Got One!

There was a terrible assault on a trans women down in Dallas where multiple assailants kicked and beat her up.
‘Mob violence’: Police arrest one in potential hate crime after transgender woman beaten on video
The Washington Post
By Antonia Noori Farzan
April 15, 2019

A crowd gathers outside an apartment complex south of downtown Dallas, nervously watching and waiting. Before long, there are screams: A man in a long-sleeved white shirt and heavy-duty gloves appears to throw a slender, pink-haired woman to the ground, then pummels her over and over again as she writhes on the concrete. Dressed only in a crop top and skimpy shorts, she tries to shield her face as others join in and take turns kicking her.

To Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings (D), and many others who watched the footage that went viral on social media late last week, the brutal beating looked like “mob violence” against a transgender woman.
In the video you can see all her neighbors standing around with their arms crossed.
“The scary part to me is, if this was the apartment complex where she lives, where does she go home?” Leslie McMurray, the transgender education and advocacy coordinator for the Resource Center in Dallas, told the Dallas Morning News. “Where does she go home and feel safe?”
CNN reported that…
The suspects are reported to have used homophobic slurs during the assault, which was caught on video. Investigators have been reviewing the footage to determine whether the assault was a hate crime.
What is there to investigate? Right there in the video you can hear them calling her names.

According to the Washington Post article attacks against us are increasing in Texas…
The Anti-Violence Project, a group that tracks hate crimes against LGBTQ people, found that Texas witnessed seven anti-LGBTQ homicides — more than any other state — in 2017, the most recent year for which statistics are available. Last year, a 26-year-old transgender Dallas woman, Carla Patricia Flores-Pavon, was found choked to death in her apartment, though police said that the motive appeared to have been robbery and it was not a hate crime.
When the leaders at the top condone violence, the slime at the bottom get the message.

Update: 4:25 PM

Major breaking news on this case!
Man beat transgender woman after he was offered $200, Dallas police say
Dallas Morning News
By Claire Z. Cardona and Sara Coello
April 15, 2019

Updated at 1:30 p.m. April 15: Revised to include information from the arrest-warrant affidavit.

Police say a man who is accused of attacking a transgender woman Friday in east Oak Cliff was offered $200 to beat her.

Edward Dominic Thomas, 29, was arrested about 9:30 p.m. Sunday on a charge of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, two days after the attack that was recorded on video.
The victim had been driving between 5 and 6 p.m. Friday at the Royal Crest Apartments in the 3500 block of Wilhurt Avenue when she accidentally backed into another vehicle, she told police.

The other driver, who is named as a suspect in Thomas' arrest-warrant affidavit but who has not been arrested, said he ran the victim off the road to keep her from fleeing.

The victim, Muhlaysia Booker, told police the driver pointed a gun at her and refused to let her leave unless she paid for the damage. As a crowd gathered, someone offered Thomas $200 to beat Booker, the affidavit said.

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