Mistrial Declared in Police Beating of Duanna Johnson


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4/23/10 update:  New trial set for Monday, July 12th in Memphis.

April 20, 2010 - A Federal Judge in Memphis last night declared a mistrial in the case of the February 2008 beating of Duanna Johnson at the hands of Memphis police.  The jury was deadlocked after four days of deliberation, with eleven jurors believing that Memphis Police Officer Bridges McRae was guilty of violating Johnson's civil rights, and one juror believing he was not guilty.

Federal prosecutors are expecting to try the case again.

The case has garnered national attention because of the brutality of the beating, which was captured on a police surveillance video.

"Transgender people experience tremendous amounts of violence in their daily lives," said Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund executive director Michael Silverman.  "When the police, who are supposed to protect and serve, are the perpetrators of that violence, it is imperative that action be taken to hold perpetrators responsible.  Prosecutors must try this case again," he added.