I first reported on this outrage a couple of days ago. The short story – two transgender women on the Atlanta, Georgia MARTA train were attacked and assaulted, with at least one of them stripped naked – all while the crowd applauded or stood by and watched.
Well, two of the animals who attached the women have been arrested, and one of them has decided to double down by using a “trans panic defense.” Not too far removed from the legendary Chewbacca Defense, the suspect alleges:
“These guys, they came on to me,” Thomas said in the interview. “Even the one that looked exactly like a female said she like guys with dreads. He’s calling me the ‘n word’ and then saying, ‘y’all better get him.’ [They were] getting closer and closer.”
At that point in the incident, Thomas acknowledged that he escalated the altercation, kicking one of the women in the stomach, later punching her in the face.
“I hate that it did happen,” says Thomas. “I hate that I lost my temper. If I could do it all over again, I probably would have moved to another car or got off the train or something.”
Shame that since he is only being charged with a misdemeanor, so he can’t wait for the next train from prison.
WATCH: Suspect in Atlanta Beating Invokes ‘Trans Panic’ Defense | Advocate.com.
As I reported on 29 May, two transgender women were assaulted and one was stripped naked while on a MARTA train in Atlanta, Georgia. At the time they received no help from the police officer on the scene, but now I can report that two suspects have been arrested, and have been charged with disorderly conduct. One wonders how attacking a woman on a train and stripping her in front of the other passengers doesn’t rate higher than “disorderly conduct,” but then charges are often added later as prosecutors learn more during the investigation process.
If these two are in fact guilty of the accusation, let’s hope that they receive strong and certain justice.
MARTA Police Arrest Suspects Allegedly Involved in Trans Bias Attack :: EDGE Provincetown.
What words can even describe something like this? Is it possible to understand the people who sat by and cheered, even took videos on their phone? And the animals who perpetrated the assault – how can we even call them human beings?
The title tells the gist of the story – two transgender women were assaulted and one was stripped naked while on a MARTA train in Atlanta, Georgia. And they received no help from the police officer on the scene – why does that man still have a job?
I really wish I wouldn’t have to call attention to these sorts of outrages, that they would eventually fall behind us on the road to equality. Sadly, that day is far in our future.
Trans Women Assaulted on Train, One Stripped, Passengers Cheer.