Saturday, July 12, 2008

GAY STUFF: Sick Treatment of Transperson

Heard about this from Leslie last night, comes from Pam's House Blend (now blogrolled), via WMC-TV in Memphis:
The tape clearly shows a Memphis police officer walk over to Johnson - a transsexual - and hit her in the face several times.

"Actually he was trying to get me to come over to where he was, and I responded by telling him that wasn't my name - that my mother didn't name me a 'faggot' or a 'he-she,' so he got upset and approached me. And that's when it started," Johnson said.

Johnson said the officer was attempting to call her over to be fingerprinted. She said she chose not respond to the derogatory name the officer called her.

"He said, 'I'm telling you, I'm giving you one more chance to get up.' So I'm looking at him, and he started putting his gloves on, and seen him take out a pair of handcuffs," Johnson said.

The officer hit Johnson several times with the handcuffs wrapped around his knuckles. In the video, you can see the flash of the metal. The tape shows another officer holding Johnson's shoulders as she tries to protect herself.


This is the statement from the Shelby County Sheriff's Department:

As it relates to the February incident that occurred at the jail facility, the police department has been conducting a thorough internal investigation. The details surrounding the complainant, witnesses and law enforcement officials’ statements are part of an ongoing investigation and can not be released at this time.

As a standard departmental policy, a full, impartial hearing will be held with the accused officer.

Memphis Police can confirm the work status of the two primary officers involved in this complaint. Officer J. Swain was a probationary officer and has been separated from the Memphis Police Department. Officer B. McRae has been placed on non-enforcement status pending an administrative hearing.

And here's the video:


Queers United said...

very disturbing, ugh justice better be served

Anonymous said...

Cops are a waste of good breathing air. It's a career chosen by the scum of society.

I can still remember 18 years ago, my daughter's first husband had beat her head into the gear shift of their car. It was 1AM and they were in the Safeway parking lot. Someone must have called the police.

The pig knocks on the window; my daughter's husband rolls down the window; there is blood everywhere, including all over my daughter's face, hair, and blouse...; the cop asks, "is everything okay here?"; my ex son-in-law, says, "yeah;" and the cop walks away.

white cop + white husband + native american wife = justified anything-the-white-boy-wants-to-do

Unknown said...

What catnapping? That is sick.

I'm sorry that happened, sweetheart.

I am just now developing any trust for cops.