Despite graphic surveillance video and the testimony of fellow police officers, a mistrial is declared in the federal trial of former Memphis police officer Bridges McRae, charged with violating the civil rights of transgender woman Duanna Johnson. Johnson was later killed in an unrelated and unsolved shooting
After four days and about 20 hours of deliberations, a weary federal court jury on Monday announced for a second time that it was deadlocked in the case of a former Memphis police officer accused of beating a transgender prisoner in 2008. U.S. Dist. Court Judge S. Thomas Anderson, who told jurors on Friday to keep trying, reluctantly declared a mistrial this time and said he would rule later this week on prosecutors' request for a new trial date for Bridges "Sutton" McRae.
The Commercial Appeal and WREG report the verdict was 11 to 1.
The altercation at the Shelby County Jail began after Johnson became upset and uncooperative because McRae 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.
WREG interviews one of the jurors who could barely contain her anger. Watch that and the surveillance video AFTER THE JUMP ...