Police seek two in beating of transgender woman in Newark


Newark city police are seeking two men captured on video beating a transgender woman on a Newark street. The video was shared by Facebook user Naomi Hill, who said in a separate video that the beating clip was sent to her.

Hill described the attack as being “like a lynching” and said those who observed but did nothing “should be ashamed of themselves.” Spectators can be heard in the clip cheering on the two men and shouting things like “that’s a dude!” and “that’s a man!” The video shows a man wrestling a woman to the ground and holding onto her hair as another man kicks and punches her.

The daylight attack happened in the same area where 15-year-old Sakia Gunn was killed in 2003 when she rejected unwanted advances from a man by saying she was a lesbian. The murderer was prosecuted and sentenced to 20 years in prison in the state’s first hate-crime murder trial.

Newark police have shared the video from Hill’s Facebook page in hopes someone can identify the attackers. They are asking that anyone with information call their 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at (877) 695-8477 or online at newarkpdonline.org. All tips are confidential.

J.L. Gaynor
Out In Jersey magazine contributor J.L. Gaynor spent eight years in the newsrooms of two major New Jersey papers. A Jersey girl through and through: born, raised, and educated in New Jersey. Jen now lives in Maryland and has two dogs she adores, and reads just about anything she can get her hands on.