The former Memphis police officer captured on video surveillance beating a transgender woman in 2008 has been sentenced to two years in prison and two years probation for the assault and for tax evasion, reports the Commercial Appeal.
In August 2010, former Memphis Police Department Officer Bridges McRae plead guilty to violating the civil rights of Duanna Johnson. McRae also plead guilty to evading taxes between 2004 and 2008. McRae agreed to a two-year prison sentence.
Duanna Johnson was later killed in an unsolved shooting.
The 2008 beating happened while McRae was booking Johnson into the Shelby County Jail. Despite graphic surveillance video of McRae beating Johnson and the testimony of fellow police officers, McRae's April 2010 trial ended in a mistrial. The vote was 11-1 for guilty. McRae was facing up to ten years at retrial before his plea deal.
The altercation began after Johnson became upset because McRae repeatedly called her "Dwayne" and refused to call her "Duanna." Fellow officers testified, and the tape showed, McRae wrapping his handcuffs around his fist, repeatedly punching Johnson in the head and then using his pepper spray. "I love to fight," McRae boasted to officers.
Meanwhile: Civil suits are pending against the Memphis Police Department, the City of Memphis and Shelby County. And Duanna Johnson's killer or killers remain on the loose.
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