Police arrested a suspect in connection with the brutal beating of a transgender woman caught on camera in Dallas.
Friday, the woman was involved in a minor traffic accident at an apartment complex in Dallas, according to police. “Known suspects” using homophobic slurs then beat her in an incident described by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings as “mob violence.” The Dallas Police Department said it was investigating the case as a hate crime.
Sunday, police arrested Edward Thomas, 29, for his role in the assault.
Video posted on social media shows a man dressed in white pushing a woman to the ground, straddling and punching her. Other people are then seen joining in on the beating, kicking the woman. She gets up and tries to walk away as the man follows her, and continues throwing punches. A group of women then pick her up and carry her away from the violence.
Edward Thomas, 29, was arrested and booked on Sunday for his role in a violent attack against a transgender woman in Dallas. (Photo: Dallas County Jail)
The woman, identified by WFAA News as Muhlaysia Booker, suffered a facial fracture and her right arm is in a sling, but she is recovering with close friends. Booker thanked her supporters in a Facebook post Saturday.
Nationwide, at least 26 transgender people were fatally shot or killed violently in 2018, the majority of whom were black transgender women, according to data from advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign.
Contributing: N’dea Yancey-Bragg. Follow Ashley May on Twitter: @AshleyMayTweets
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