More than a year after her death will there be justice for Duanna Johnson? She was the Memphis transgender woman whose beating by members of the Memphis Police Department in February 2008 was captured by a surveillance camera. Johnson was later killed in an unrelated shooting.
On Monday, former Memphis Police Officer Bridges McRae went on trial for federal civil rights violations. On February 12 2008, Johnson was booked on prostitution charges. In the waiting room at the police station, words were exchanged between she and McRae,. Videotape shows the officer punching Johnson when she was restrained and sitting down. McRae was indicted on civil rights violations and fired from his job.
Johnson was found shot to death on November 9th 2008. Three men were seen running from the murder scene and were never found. The vast majority of murders of black transgender women are unsolved and Johnson's case, sadly, is no exception.