Reports are coming out of Memphis, Tennessee that Duanna Johnson was found shot to death yesterday.
Our readers may remember Duanna Johnson's story- she was the black trasnwoman who was severely beaten by police in a police station while everyone, even a nurse, looked on. Johnson said former Memphis Police Officer Bridges McRae beat her after making derogatory remarks about her (calling her "faggot" and "he/she"). Another man, Officer J. Swain, held her down during the beating. Both officers were later fired from the department. Johnson was suing the city for $1.3 million in damages.
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According to detectives, when officers arrived at the scene, they found the body lying in the street. Police say a witness heard gunfire and then saw three people running away from the scene. Investigators do not have any suspects at this time.
Lawyer Murray Wells confirmed to Eyewitness News that the person who was killed is his client Duanna Johnson. He says Johnson was often in the area where she was killed.
Murray says Johnson was trying to leave Memphis and go back to her hometown of Chicago. According to Murray, Jonson was just about homeless trying to live in Memphis. He says the apartment where Jonson was living did not have power. Murray says he was helping Johnson buy a bus ticket to Chicago.
Johnson stood up and exposed what appeared to be a pattern of abuse from the Memphis police towards the LGBT community. Her lawyer said that he received a "tremendous number" of phone calls from people who had gone through similar incidents after the video was released, with McRae and other officers.
And now she is dead. I can't even describe the feeling in the pit of my stomach over this. As Autumn Sandeen over at Pam's House Blend says:
Duanna was suing the city of Memphis for $1.3 million for that past beating -- so why don't I have a lot of faith now in the Memphis Police solving Duanna's homicide?
When will this stop? When will the mindless violence directed at our community end?