Police seek two in beating of transgender woman in Newark

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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
J.L. Gaynor is Out In Jersey’s news editor, having 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. She has two dogs she adores, and reads just about anything she can get her hands on.