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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?
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vvalkyri 30th-Apr-2012 02:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's one of many things that stands out to me as odd in this case. In non SYG states it's pretty standard to make an arrest after a homicide, even in a clear self defense situation*, but the length of time she's been kept in jail, the treatment while in jail, the negligence re medical treatment while in jail, and the odd choices re whose past convictions can be mentioned in court... agh.



*which may or may not have been the presumption by authorities - the undisputed first attacker is apparently not the deceased - per the linked article,
There are varied accounts of what happened on June 5, but CeCe and the people she was with all agree on the following details. Around 12:30 am, CeCe was walking to the grocery store with some friends, all of them young, African American, and either queer or allied. As they passed a local bar, the Schooner Tavern, a group of older, white people who were standing outside the bar’s side door began hurling racist and transphobic slurs at them, without provocation. They called CeCe and her friends ‘f------,’ ‘n------,’ and ‘chicks with dicks,’ and suggested that CeCe was ‘dressed as a woman’ in order to ‘rape’ Dean Schmitz, one of the attackers. When CeCe approached the group and told them that her crew would not tolerate hate speech, one of the women said, “I’ll take you bitches on,” and then smashed her glass into CeCe’s face. She punctured CeCe’s cheek all the way through, lacerating her salivary gland. A fight ensued, during which one of the attackers, Dean Schmitz, was fatally stabbed.

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