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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Mistrial declared in the police beating case of Duanna Johnson

A mistrial? Unbelievable!

BACKSTORY:
Duanna Johnson was the victim of a Memphis police brutality case in the summer of 2008. A video clearly showed the cops beating her in a jail holding area.

Sadly, in November of 2008 Johnson was fatally shot in Memphis. Her murder case is still unsolved.

The Commercial Appeal reports:
After four days and about 20 hours of deliberations, a weary federal court jury on Monday announced for a second time that it was deadlocked in the case of a former Memphis police officer accused of beating a transgender prisoner in 2008.

U.S. Dist. Court Judge S. Thomas Anderson, who told jurors on Friday to keep trying, reluctantly declared a mistrial this time and said he would rule later this week on prosecutors' request for a new trial date for Bridges "Sutton" McRae.

One female juror, who asked not to be identified, said later that the verdict was 11-1 in favor of guilty.

McRae, who carried a Bible on Monday, said he was placing his faith in God. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

He was charged with violating the civil rights of Dwayne "Duanna" Johnson, who was being booked into the Shelby County Jail in February 2008 after being arrested for prostitution. READ MORE

MORE COVERAGE
  • Former cop pleads not guilty in beating of Duanna Johnson
  • Human Rights Campaign calls for a thorough investigation into the murder of transgender woman, Duanna Johnson
  • Transgender woman, Duanna Johnson, victim of a police beating earlier this year, found murdered

    Hat Tip: Rod 2.0
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