An attack on a transgender woman is now being investigated as a possible hate crime.
Muhlaysia Booker, the transgender woman, was physically attacked on Friday by a 29-year-old man named Edward Thomas. According to police reports, Booker and Thomas got into an altercation after Booker accidentally hit Thomas’ car. Reportedly, Booker attempted to flee the scene but was soon caught by Thomas, when he then proceeded to beat her.
Witnesses say Thomas did not act alone though. Allegedly there were at least several other men who joined in on punching and kicking the victim. Police reports also state that Thomas was offered $200 from someone in the crowd, to continue in the act. Sources say the crowd encouraged the beating with words of hate.
“That’s what your faggot ass gets.”
“Get that faggot out of our hood.”
“Shoot that punk ass.”
As a result of Friday’s attack, Vincent Weddington, Dallas Police Lt., is making sure his department handles the incident seriously. BuzzFeed News reports that Edward Thomas has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault. Police are still working to find the other victims.
As for Booker, she was taken to the hospital and treated for a fractured wrist, bruising and swelling of the face, and a concussion.
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