Transgendered woman beaten by officer in court on new charges - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Transgendered woman beaten by officer in court on new charges

Transgendered woman Duanna Johnson was back in court Monday after being arrested over the weekend on prostitution and drug charges.

Johnson's latest arrest happened just after midnight Saturday.  She was charged with prostitution near a church or school and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Johnson found herself at the center of controversy earlier this summer after a tape recorded last February at the Shelby County Criminal Justice Center was released.  On the tape, after refusing to cooperate with police officer Bridges McCrae, Johnson was repeatedly beaten by McCrea, who had handcuffs wrapped around his knuckles.

McCrae was later fired from the department.

Johnson said the ordeal left permanent nerve damage to her wrists, and her attorneys are asking the city to pay her a $1.3 million settlement.  Johnson's attorney, Arthur Horne, said his client's most recent arrest could be related to that.

"She is definitely a public figure now, and people know who she is, and so they are going to be watching - watching her every move," Horne said.

Johnson faces a mandatory fine of $1,000 and seven days in jail.  She must return to court on August 18th.

Monday, Horne said his client was not guilty, adding there is no indication that Johnson was mistreated during her most recent arrest.


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