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Ex Memphis cop indicted in trans beating

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.    READ MORE »

FBI steps into probe of trans death in Tenn.

With candles in their hands and great sadness in their hearts, dozens of Mid-Southerners demanded justice Sunday during a prayer vigil for Duanna Johnson.

"We're here to commemorate Duanna's life," says vigil participant Casey Lanham, "and to remember the sacrifice she unfortunately had to encounter."

"All citizens of Memphis," says Amy Livingston of the Mid-South Peace & Justice Center, "should agree that all human life has dignity and should be respected and valued. Duanna was a beloved member of this community. And by community, I mean Memphis."

Johnson, a transgendered woman who gained national attention this year in her very public fight to stop police brutality, was shot in the head execution-style last weekend just blocks from her home in North Memphis. Her killer has not been caught.    READ MORE »

Trans beating victim murdered in Memphis

The shooting death of a transgendered woman won't stop a planned lawsuit over her February beating at the hands of police, one of her attorneys said Monday.

Duanna Johnson, 43, was shot in the head at Hollywood and Staten in North Memphis late Sunday. She died at the scene.

Although the Memphis Police Department identified the victim as Dwayne Johnson, attorney Murray Wells said the victim was the person he knew as Duanna.

"I have what I consider to be extremely reliable information that it's her," he said.
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Gay Obama supporters assaulted in D.C.

Two gay men said an unidentified man assaulted them on election night as they carried a rainbow flag to an outdoor gathering near the White House to celebrate Barack Obama’s presidential victory.

Channel 7 News, which captured part of the assault on videotape, reported that police arrested the assailant on a charge of assault. A broadcast report of the incident noted that the two victims believed the attacker approached them on the street after he left a Republican Party gathering at the Capital Hilton Hotel.    READ MORE »

Florida lesbians in murder-suicide

A Florida woman stabbed her ex-wife more than 200 times and then killed herself police in Boynton Beach said.

The bloodied body of Jessica Kalish, 56, was found in her car in the parking lot of a medical center hours after her estranged spouse had reported her missing. When officers went to the home to tell Carol Burger, 57, that Kalish was dead, they discovered Burger’s body. She died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

An autopsy on Kalish found more than 200 stab wounds, likely caused by a Philips head screwdriver.    READ MORE »

Atlanta  |  crime

Anti-gay attacks remain flat in Ga.

imageAnti-gay hate crimes rose about 6 percent in 2007, despite a slight decrease in overall anti-bias incidents last year, according to a report issued Monday by the FBI.

Among the five categories of reported hate crimes, those based on sexual orientation were the third-highest at 1,265, or 16.6 percent. Others included hate crimes motivated by racial bias (3,870, 50.8 percent), religion (1,400, 18.4 percent), ethnicity or national origin (1,007, 13.2 percent) and disability (79, 1 percent).

Of the 7,624 total hate crime incidents, just 13 took place in Georgia, among the lowest totals in the U.S., according to the report. California recorded the highest number of offenses at 1,400.

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FBI: Anti-gay hate crimes up in 2007

Law enforcement agencies reported a slight decrease in hate crimes last year, despite an increase against gays and lesbians.

The FBI reported more than 7,600 hate crime incidents in 2007, down about 1 percent from last year.    READ MORE »

Atlanta  |  crime

Ed Wall to get his day in court

imageEd Wall will finally get his day in court.

The former chair of the MARTA board, busted in an airport sex sting, will appear in court nearly two years after his arrest at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. He's set to appear on public indecency charges on Feb. 23, 2009. Wall has pleaded not guilty.

The charges stem from an arrest in March 2007 when Atlanta police say Wall was spotted in a stall having oral sex with another man. The fact that the case lingered for so long came to light earlier this month when the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Wall was hired by Clayton County for financial advice. Wall, an investment banker, has advised Clayton and other governments in the past.

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Indy police pursue man in double slaying

Indianapolis police want to talk to a man they said might have information about the killings of two elderly men in their southwest-side home on Monday.

Milton Lindgren, 70, and Eric Hendricks, 73, were found dead Monday morning in their home at 9160 Middlebury Way. Police would not say how they were killed or how long their bodies had been inside the home, only that their deaths came by "violent means."

Homicide detectives said on Thursday that they were trying to locate Michael Brown, 56, for questioning only.    READ MORE »

Man used ‘burger van’ knife in killing

A 30-year-old stole an eight inch knife from a burger van and attacked a gay man in a public toilet known as a meeting place for sex, a court at the Old Bailey has heard.

Accountant Jeff Akers, 50, staggered out of the toilet in Walton, Surrey, in his underpants and fell to the ground with the kitchen knife in his back.

Mr Akers, a gay man from Wallington, was attacked on February 19th in toilets near Walton Bridge.    READ MORE »

Man on trial in cruising site killing

A 30 year old unemployed father has denied murdering a gay man at a public toilet in Surrey earlier this year.

Peter Jeffrey Akers, 50, a gay man from Wallington, was attacked with an eight inch carving knife on February 19th in toilets near Walton Bridge that police said are "a popular meeting place for men."

He was taken by air ambulance to St Peter's Hospital in Chertsey where he died. A post-mortem revealed that he died from a single stab wound to the back.    READ MORE »

Gay cannibal chef gets life sentence

A chef who murdered his lover and ate part of his flesh was a violent drunk with a history of aggressive behaviour.

Anthony Morley once attacked a former boyfriend with a meat cleaver before threatening ambulance staff with an air rifle.

On another occasion he told a man he could kill him with his bare hands.

The 36-year-old was jailed for life, with a minimum term of 30 years, at Leeds Crown Court after being convicted of murdering Damian Oldfield.    READ MORE »

Former Ala. cop on trial for sodomy

Using sign language to relay his testimony, Johnathan Edward Dugger said he consumed about six Bud Lights on an April 2004 evening, and then drove to the Robertsdale Winn-Dixie to buy some more.

There he ran into an acquaintance, Robertsdale police Cpl. Johnny Ray Smith, said Dugger, who was born deaf and testified Thursday in Baldwin County Circuit Court using an interpreter.

Dugger alleges that Smith, who was on duty and wearing his police uniform, then allegedly ordered the deaf man to follow him to the officer's Robertsdale home, where Dugger was forced to perform oral sex.

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Bus driver charged in anti-gay attack

An elementary school bus driver has been charged with leading a homophobic attack on a 10-year old student passenger.

The Kankakee Sheriff’s Police Department said that the boy was taunted by the driver who then encouraged other students to chase and beat the child.    READ MORE »

Accused killer in U.K. says he feared rape

A sous chef currently on trial for murdering a man and cutting off pieces of his flesh before cooking and seasoning them told a court that he must have believed he was preparing a piece of meat from work. Anthony Morley, 36, allegedly chewed one of the pieces before throwing it into his kitchen bin.

The jury heard that Morley - the first winner of Mr Gay UK - could not remember killing his friend, Damian Oldfield, or seasoning and cooking pieces of his flesh.

Morley, giving evidence for the first time in the case at Leeds Crown Court yesterday told the jury that he had probably reacted in fear that he was going to be raped.    READ MORE »

Gay porn star says he was raped

This time the report about violence in the adult industry was not a publicity stunt: Gay adult performer Mason Wyler was raped, beaten and held at gunpoint at his home in late September. GAYVN.com confirmed that an incident report was filed with the Dallas Police Department.

The seeds of the assault were sown several months ago, Wyler said, when he corresponded with a fan online. The fan told Wyler he was a captain in the U.S. Army, he lived in Kansas and he was about to ship out to Iraq. The fan asked Wyler if the two of them could meet while the fan was in Dallas visiting family before he went overseas. Wyler, 24, said yes and the two men spoke online several times after that, but they never met. Wyler assumed the alleged captain had changed his mind about meeting or had run out of time before he was deployed.    READ MORE »

Former Mr. Gay UK in murder trial

A forensic scientist has told a court that she found six pieces of human flesh -- some cooked so that they were browned on the edges but raw in the middle -- on a chopping board in a flat belonging to a former winner of the Mr Gay UK competition.

Anthony Morley, 36, who won the gay beauty contest in 1993, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 33 year old Damian Oldfield (photo), who he is accused of murdering and then cooking.

Valerie Tomlinson, told the court she examined Mr Morely's house shortly after a killing took place in his bedroom.

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Trial opens in brutal gay-on-gay slaying

The first winner of Mr. Gay UK stabbed a man to death before carving a piece of flesh from his thigh, seasoning it with fresh herbs and cooking it in olive oil, a court heard.

Anthony Morley, 36, then attempted to eat a piece of Damian Oldfield's flesh before walking to a nearby takeaway and telling staff he had killed someone, Leeds Crown Court was told.    READ MORE »

‘Condom-mobile’ disappears in Mexico City

Missing in Mexico: 5,000 condoms, sound equipment and a motor used to inflate a giant prophylactic, all stolen from a “condom-mobile” used to promote HIV/AIDS awareness.

The coordinator of an HIV/AIDS awareness tour, Polo Gomez, said the truck was taken Sunday from its parking spot in front of a friend’s house in Mexico City.    READ MORE »

Tenn. man sues over gay sting arrest

One man arrested in a public sex sting, backed by Lambda Legal, is suing the city of Johnson City, Tennessee along with its police chief for releasing pictures, names and addresses of himself and 39 other men arrested in the sting, along with the charges they faced, to the media. The October 2007 release, one of about 600 reviewed by Lambda, was the only one to include photographs, and also the only one to be personally approved by Johnson City Police Chief John Lowry.

In Giles v. City of Johnson City, et al. Lambda Legal argues that the Johnson City Police Department violated federal equal protection law by singling out the 40 men and subjecting them to worse treatment by giving them unprecedented negative exposure in the media before they had entered pleas in court. "Defendants intended the publication of photographs of the plaintiff," the complaint reads, "to bring public attention to plaintiff with resulting negative consequences, including but not limited to public humiliation, emotional distress, adverse employment consequences and turmoil in his relationships with family and friends."    READ MORE »

 
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