A man who brutally left a trans woman bruised and bleeding in broad daylight Dallas was paid $200 to do so, according to police.
In the horrifying footage of the incident last weekend (14 April), Muhlaysia Booker was pummelled and punched by three men as dozens did nothing but watch.
The brawl happened after Booker backed into another car while driving in the Royal Crest Apartments, according to a police affidavit obtained by the Dallas Morning News.
Booker allegedly accidentally backed into another vehicle with two men inside while driving her car.
One of the drivers – who remains a suspect in the investigation – told police her ran Booker off the road to keep her from leaving the scene.
But Booker said the unidentified driver then pointed a gun at her and demanded money for damage to his car. Also in the car was Edward Dominic Thomas, 29.
A crowd gathered, and someone in the crowd reportedly offered Thomas $200 to assault Booker.
Thomas, dressed in all-white, descended upon her, delivering a deluge of punches. As the footage suggests, two other men joined in. One kicking her as she lay helpless in the street.
As many threw homophobic insults at her, Booker suffered a concussion, facial fractures, and a broken wrist as a result. After she is left alone, three women pulled her up to safety.
‘Shocks the conscience of anyone’
‘This case is certainly disturbing,’ Police Lieutenant Vincent Weddington told reporters during a press conference Monday.
‘The video, I’m sure, shocks the conscience of anyone who looks at this video.’
Police arrested Thomas two days after the incident for aggravated assault. They are currently assessing whether the incident can be considered a hate crime.
The attack comes just weeks after a similar incident in Paris. Wherein a trans woman as assaulted as dozens watched on.
Three men attacked Julia, 31, while exiting a metro station in central Paris.
In footage, the group blocked, taunted, punched, and pushed her as she desperately tried to exit the station.
The numbers add-up
The FBI recorded 7,175 hate crimes in the US in 2017.
Among them, 1,130 were based on sexual orientation bias and 119 on gender identity bias.
And more than 100 of those victims were people of color, according to the report.