Crime

Woman beaten in ‘mob violence’ in possible hate crime in DFW

A transgender woman was assaulted by a group of people Friday night in Dallas, police said.

Dallas police were called to the Royal Crest Apartments at 3558 Wilhurt Avenue at 11:23 p.m for reports of an injured woman. The woman had been in a minor traffic accident at the apartments when multiple people attacked her and called her homophobic slurs, police said.

The assault was captured on video and posted on Facebook. By Saturday at 5 p.m., it had been shared about 2,400 times.

The video shows a group of people standing around an intersection at an apartment complex. A man in a white shirt starts to hit the woman in the face and she falls to the ground. Others around her start to kick her. After about a minute, a group of women help the woman up and carry her away.

Mayor Mike Rawlings condemned the assault in a statement Saturday morning.

“I am extremely angry about what appears to be mob violence against this woman,” he said in the statement. “Those who did this do not represent how Dallasites feel about our thriving LGBTQ community. We will not stand for this kind of behavior.”

The attack is being investigated as a possible hate crime, police said.

If anyone has additional details, they can contact the Dallas Police Department Assault Unit at 214-671-3584.

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