The assault of a transgender woman was captured on camera Friday and Dallas police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.
“The victim stated that the suspects used homophobic slurs during the assault,” police said in the statement. “The Department is investigating this offense and reviewing all available evidence to determine if it will be classified as a hate crime.”
Video posted on social media appears to show a group of people surrounding Booker before one person starts punching her. As she falls to the ground, several others join in until a group of women come to her aid. The video ends with her being carried away.
A family member told WFAA that Booker suffered a facial fracture and her right arm is in a sling, but she is recovering with close friends. Booker thanked her supporters in a Facebook post Saturday.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings released a statement saying that he’s seen the video and has been in contact with police about the investigation.
“I am extremely angry about what appears to be mob violence against this woman,” the statement read. “Those who did this do not represent how Dallasites feel about our thriving LGBTQ community. We will not stand for this kind of behavior.”
Police thanked the public for their support during the investigation Saturday, adding that they are “actively canvassing the area for possible witnesses and involved suspects in this assault.”
Nationwide, at least 26 transgender people were fatally shot or killed violently in 2018, the majority of whom were black transgender women, according to data from advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign.
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