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Former MPD Officer Indicted in The Beating of Transgender Woman Duanna Johnson

Former Memphis Police Officer Bridges McRae has been indicted on a civil rights violation in the beating of transgendered woman Duanna Johnson.
Duanna Johnson
Duanna Johnson
James Swain
James Swain
MEMPHIS, TN -- Former Memphis Police Officer Bridges McRae has been indicted on a civil rights violation in the beating of transgendered woman Duanna Johnson.

According to the indictment, McRae is accused of using excessive force when he repeatedly hit Duanna Johnson with his fists and handcuffs on February 12, 2008.

Johnson told Eyewitness News that McRae called her a "he/she" and other derogatory terms before and during the beating. She said another officer, J. Swain held her down while McRae hit her.

Both officers were fired from the Memphis Police Department in June after the video of the beating was released to the media.

If convicted, McRae could face up to 10 years in a federal prison.

On November 9th, Duanna Johnson was found in the street, shot to death in North Memphis. Police say it happened just before midnight at Hollywood near Staten Avenue.

Witnesses told investigators they heard gunfire and then saw thee people running away from the scene.

Police do not have any suspects in that case and are asking anyone with information about the crime to call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.
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