Memphis Cops Beat Trans Woman

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February 12th turned out to be a terrible night for Duanna Johnson.

The first bummer came when the transgendered Memphis resident got nabbed for prostitution.

Then, as if that’s not bad enough, she ended up getting assaulted by a police officer.

Actually, not even assaulted – straight up beat down:

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.

Then he maced her. On the tape, other people in the room are seen turning away and fanning their hands because of the smell.


To her credit, Johnson tried to get some swings in, but they proved futile. A nurse later came to treat the cop, but left Johnson writhing on the floor.

So, what brought on this ferocious attack? We’ll let Johnson explain:

…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.

Right on, Johnson! Sure, it’s terrible what happened, but you should not have to respond to such rudeness. You are a lady.

The officer who held Johnson down received a pink slip, while the other remains suspended as officials review the case. Meanwhile, the FBI’s looking into whether the copper violated Johnson’s civil rights. We’re going to have to say yes.