Transgender Woman Assaulted in Hate Crime

CBS NEWS —Police have made an arrest in the brutal beating Friday of a transgender woman that's being classified as a hate crime. It occurred in broad daylight in front of a crowd of people and was caught on cellphone video.

Police announced the arrest Sunday night of 29-year-old Edward Thomas and said they're continuing to canvass the neighborhood where it happened for other participants and witnesses.

They said the woman reported the assault while receiving hospital treatment Friday night.

She told officers she was attacked earlier in the day after she was involved in a minor traffic accident near an apartment complex, according to the police statement released Saturday.

She was apparently beaten into unconsciousness while the crowd looked on and homophobic slurs were shouted.

Several women eventually carried the victim's limp body to safety.

Last November, the FBI reported that 7,175 hate crimes were committed in the United States in 2017, the most recent year for which the agency had compiled data. Of those, 1,130 were based on sexual orientation bias and 119 on gender identity bias

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