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"CeCe" McDonald: Black, Transgender Woman Faces Murder Trial for What Supporters Call Self-Defense

4:34 pm - 04/28/2012
A transgender African-American woman is set to go on trial next week on charges of second-degree murder for an altercation after she was reportedly physically attacked and called racist and homophobic slurs outside a Minneapolis bar last year. Chrishaun "CeCe" McDonald received 11 stitches to her cheek and was reportedly interrogated without counsel and placed in solitary confinement following her arrest. There were reports that the dead victim, Dean Schmitz, had a swastika tattooed on his chest. McDonald’s supporters say the case is symptomatic of the bias against transgender people and African Americans in the criminal justice system. "People were very enraged about what had happened to her and the refusal of Hennepin County to recognize her right to self-defense," says Katie Burgess, executive director of Trans Youth Support Network, who has helped draw attention to the case and notes transgender people of color are twice as likely to experience discrimination as their white peers. We also speak with Rai’vyn Cross, one of McDonald’s best friends. [includes rush transcript]

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Her trial is the 30th. For those who don't know about Cece, go here to read about the case.

Mods idk if this needs a cut since its kinda short?
zeonchar 28th-Apr-2012 10:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, I see at source that he died from a pair of scissors through the swastika tattoo on his chest.
ladypolitik 29th-Apr-2012 12:03 am (UTC)
Poetic justice.
sparkindarkness 29th-Apr-2012 11:47 am (UTC)
Y'know, that description alone makes me think she is completely and utterly innocent and needs a medal
zeonchar 29th-Apr-2012 03:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah and honestly, she was attacked to a beer mug to the face. That could have killed her! She has every right to fight back and defend herself.
thecityofdis 29th-Apr-2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
Co-fucking-signed.
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