Suspect arrested in brutal assault on transgender woman, Dallas cops say

Evarado Alatorre
Abril 15, 2019

Cell phone video captured the attack on Friday as a mob of bystanders watched men assaulting the transgender woman at the Royal Crest Apartments on Wilhurt Avenue in south Dallas.

In the disturbing video, a large crowd can be seen gathering as Booker is repeatedly punched and kicked by several men.

On Friday, video of the attack went viral.

In a Facebook post following an outpouring of support, Booker wrote: "I love y'all sooo much".

She told officers she was attacked earlier in the day after she was involved in a minor traffic accident near an apartment complex, according to the police statement released Saturday. She's now recovering from facial fractures and an injury to her right arm, WFAA reports. However, BuzzFeed News reports that it was "minor" and was most likely used exclusively as an excuse to attack the woman, identified as 23-year-old Muhlaysia Booker. After about a minute, a group of women help the woman up and carry her away.

"I hope they get what's coming to them, and I know they will", Debra Booker added.

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"The Department is investigating this offense and reviewing all available evidence to determine if it will be classified as a hate crime", police said in a statement.

Mayor Mike Rawlings said he was "extremely angry" after seeing what appeared to be mob violence against Booker.

One of those women, 26-year-old Karla Patricia Flores-Pavón, was strangled in her apartment in Dallas on May 9.

'Those who did this do not represent how Dallasites feel about our thriving LGBTQ community. "We will not stand for this kind of behavior", a portion of his remarks read.

Leslie McMurray, the transgender education and advocacy coordinator at the Resource Center in Dallas, called the attack sickening.

Last November, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported that 7,175 hate crimes were committed in the United States in 2017, the most recent year for which the agency had compiled data. The data showed a 5% increase in hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation bias and a 4% decrease in hate crimes motivated by gender identity bias. Of crimes motivated by gender identity bias, 106 targeted transgender people, a 1 per cent uptick from 2016.

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