The Tallahassee Police Department has yet to release the name of the officer who killed a black trans person last week.
Tony McDade, 38, was shot and killed by Tallahassee Police on May 27. Police have accused McDade in the stabbing death of 21-year-old Malik Jackson. Officials for the NAACP have asked for the department to release a video of the shooting and, meanwhile, fundraising efforts have launched to support the McDade family.
“We don’t know a lot of the details around Tony’s death, or how police became involved. We do know that Tony should not have been killed. We must work together to raise awareness about the unique challenges that Black LGBTQ/SGL people face. It is important to highlight the too often ignored violence that members of our community face in addition to the discrimination we may experience because we are Black,” said David J. Johns, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition.
Several LGBT sites have reported McDade was trans masculine and used he/him pronouns. The incident occurred in an apartment complex on the city’s southside. TPD Chief Lawrence Revell told the Tallahassee Democrat the officer who shot McDade has returned to work and is on desk duty, tweeted reporter Jeff Burlew on Sunday.
The NBJC is encouraging people to call the TPD (850) 891-0000 to register a concern and demand a complete investigation.