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Tony McDade

Age 38

27 May 2020
Tallahassee, Florida (USA)

Tony McDade
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Tony was shot by a police officer. The Florida Police Department claimed that he pulled a gun on police and had a "bloodied knife", but eyewitness accounts contradict this.

The official police report into the fatal shooting of Back trans man Tony McDade has been thrown into doubt as new eyewitnesses accounts emerge.

Tony McDade was shot and killed by an unnamed white police officer in Tallahassee, north Florida, on May 27. He died shortly afterwards in hospital, his death marking Florida’s third fatal police shooting in the last two months.

Local news, which along with the Florida Police Department initially misgendered McDade, reported that he was a suspect in a fatal stabbing.

Speaking at a news briefing last week, Tallahassee Police chief Lawrence Revell said that the suspect fled the scene on foot and was confronted by officers on nearby Holton Street in the Leon apartment complex.

“Our officer called out, ‘Shots fired.’ He said over the radio that the suspect had pointed a gun at him. The suspect was in possession of a handgun, and a bloody knife was found at the scene of the stabbing.”

However, multiple reports by local news said that McDade was unarmed and had not been warned before the officer began shooting. This is corroborated by those at the scene, who say the police never announced themselves as police before firing.

On Tuesday 2nd June 2020, thousands rallied in front of the Stonewall Inn to demand an end to the killing of black trans people in the US.

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Report added: 21 Jun 2020. Last updated: 21 Sep 2020

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