Transgender woman murdered, police beating caught on tape


{MEMPHIS, Tenn. - }

A transgender woman who was in the process of suing the city for police brutality, was found murdered in an alley Sunday night.

Duanna Johnson was found shot to death in North Memphis. Witnesses reported hearing gunfire and seeing three men run away. Police said they have no suspects in the murder.

Johnson was the subject of an alleged video taped beating that happened in June of 2008. Johnson, who had been arrested on a prostitution charge, said former Memphis Police Officer Bridges McRae beat her after making derogatory remarks about her sexuality. Johnson said another man, Officer J. Swain, held her down during the beating. Both officers were fired from the department.

At the time, Johnson said before the beating began the officer called her a "he/she" and a "faggot."

Johnson was suing the city for $1.3 million. To view the videotape of the June incident go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6N1Bvlbh_ws

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