Police have opened a hate crime probe after a transgender woman was violently attacked by several people in Dallas, Texas.
The video shows Booker being repeatedly punched and kicked by several men. She is later dragged along the floor.
The video ends with three other women helping Booker up.
Booker’s relatives told NBC she was beaten unconscious. She also suffered facial fractures and a broken arm.
A police department spokesperson said they were ‘investigating this offense and reviewing all available evidence to determine if it will be classified as a hate crime’.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings denounced the attack.
‘I am extremely angry about what appears to be mob violence against this woman’ he said.
‘Those who did this do not represent how Dallasites feel about our thriving LGBTQ community. We will not stand for this kind of behavior’.
Booker took to Facebook to thank people for their support:
‘Thank you so much its a blessing being lucky enough to witness the love and respect im getting and thank you to all my genuine friends that been with me through this journey and knowing the real me knowing nobody deserves that’ she wrote.
According to Human Rights Campaign, 22 transgender people were killed in the US last year.
Since 2013, 95 percent of the 128 transgender killings documented in the US were women.
And more than 100 of those victims were people of color, according to the report.
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Author: Rik Glauert