Homicide Victim Identified as Transgendered Person, Duanna Johnson. According to detectives, when officers arrived at the scene, they found the body lying in the street. Police say a witness heard gunfire and then saw three people running away from the scene. Investigators do not have any suspects at this time.
Johnson was the subject of an alleged video taped beating that happened in June of 2008. Johnson, who had been arrested on a prostitution charge, said former Memphis Police Officer Bridges McRae beat her after making derogatory remarks about her sexuality. Johnson said another man, Officer J. Swain, held her down during the beating. Both officers were fired from the department.
Johnson was suing the city for $1.3 million.
Memphis Police are asking anyone with information about Duanna Johnson’s death to call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH. [ABC24 – CW30 Eyewitness News]
Gee, I can think of some pretty obvious suspects with 1.3 million motives right now, but somehow I doubt that the police will be too interested in investigating. I sure hope that if anyone does have information, they’re smart enough to go far from Memphis and then call the media and not the prime suspects.