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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?
cozmic_oceanz 30th-Apr-2012 01:41 am (UTC)
dude, I just said that none of it came out right and I misunderstood what I was reading because it was late at night. I agree, self defense is not murder. sorry lj comments isn't my greatest way of expressing opinions especially when it's been a loooong past few days.
cozmic_oceanz 30th-Apr-2012 01:42 am (UTC)
and on that note, sorry for my less than eloquent grammar. seriously just had three graduations one for two hours in 30 degree weather and moved out of a big house jlkjkdsfjkldfskldsflkdsfklj
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