Monday, April 19, 2010

Bridges McRae Mistrial

Posted By on Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Duanna Johnson
  • Duanna Johnson

A mistrial has been declared in the case of a former Memphis Police officer charged with violating the civil rights of transgender woman Duanna Johnson.

The jury of five men and seven women in the Bridges McRae case began deliberating last Wednesday, but were unable to reach a verdict by Monday. Following the Allen Charge, the judge in the case is encouraging jurors to reconsider until they reach a unamimous verdict.

In February 2008, McRae and former officer James Swain were caught on video brutally beating Johnson in the lobby of the Shelby County Correction Center. The 18-minute video has no audio, but Johnson claimed McRae assaulted her after she refused to respond to homophobic slurs of "he/she" and "faggot." Read the Flyer's story about the beating here.

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