Bridges McRae pled guilty to violating Duanna Johnson's civil rights after his first trial ended in a hung jury. He could have been convicted the second time around and gotten ten years, but he pled and got two.
A month before McRae was set to be retried his attorney's reached a plea deal. Will Batts, Executive Director of The Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center is happy McRae will serve time behind bars, but feels two years is a light sentence. "It's incredibly senseless. It's hard to imagine somebody watching that and not feeling horror."
McRae's attorney says the former Memphis Police Officer is sorry for his actions, and she feels the punishment is reasonable. "Mr. McRae was put into a situation where he's an officer in a dangerous city," Attorney Lauren Fuchs tells myEyewitnessNews.com. "He was on a long shift and at the end of that shift, an altercation happened and he overreacted."
Closing the books on this criminal trial means a civil suit is around the corner. Attorney Murray Wells is suing McRae and the City of Memphis on behalf of Duanna Johnson's family. Wells says he's suing for a change in policy and for money. "The case is very important because I think it exposes light on people treating others differently based on who they are and I think that's something that needs to change."
All someone needs to prove that a white, straight, Bible-toting police officer beat a black trans woman accused (but never convicted) of prostitution is for another police officer to have a crisis of conscience that forces him to tell the truth: