A Dallas man was arrested in connection with the brutal beatings of a transgender woman outside an apartment complex.
On March 12, the victim identified by the WFAA as Muhlaysia Booker told the police that she had been attacked after a robbery involving a minor traffic accident.
In a video recorded by a passerby, Booker is surrounded by a crowd of people watching as a man beats and kicks them. Booker also told the police that the crowd was crying homophobic appeals during the attack.
Finally, the others joined in the attack that ended when Booker was kicked and pulled across the parking lot of the apartment complex. The video ends with three more women helping Booker get up.
Booker was then taken to a hospital in Dallas where the police interviewed her about the robbery. Although the attack took place during the day, the police did not meet Booker until 1
On Friday, the video of the attack became viral. The police arrested 29-year-old Edward Thomas for serious assault.
Dallas police said they are still "reviewing all available evidence to determine if [the charge] is considered a hate crime."
The police also said that further arrests could be possible. On Saturday, Mayor of Dallas, Mike Rawlings posted a statement on Twitter condemning the attack.
"Apartments and I have seen a video of what happened, I'm very angry about the violence the mob seems to be against this woman," Rawlings wrote. "I'm in touch with the boss, and she has assured me that the Dallas police are carrying out a full investigation, including the possibility that it is a hate crime, and those who did this do not show, like the Dallasites We will not stand for this kind of behavior. "
Leslie McMurray, coordinator of transgender training and advocacy at the Resource Center in Dallas, described the attack as pathological.
"It's terrifying," said McMurray, who is also a transgender, to the WFAA. "One could only feel how the energy and malice of this crowd escalated when the violence started and there was no voice that stopped stopping." There is no reason that our lives are worth less than anyone else or that we should be someone's punching bag just because we are transgender.
Many people who saw the viral video on social media demanded that Thomas be charged with hate crimes.
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