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Police Investigating Whether Man Who Beat Transgender Woman Was Paid For Attack



According to (CBSDFW.COM) – Police are investigating whether a man in custody for assaulting a transgender woman in Dallas was paid to carry out the assault.

Activists and community members are calling for justice after Muhlaysia Booke’s attack.

Dallas police arrested Edward Thomas.

But activists want more people to speak on behalf of Booke.

Muhlaysia Booker (Credit: Booker Family)


Activists spoke out at the apartment complex Monday morning. They expressed their disgust not only against the person who attacked Booker but the onlookers who stood by and let it happen.



A bystander recorded cell phone video Friday, as Booker lay on the ground while men punched and kicked her and hit her with a brick. The video pans out as a crowd is seen standing around watching and shouting. The attack on the 23-year-old doesn’t end until several women intervene and drag her to safety.

Booker was involved in a minor crash in the parking lot of the Royal Crest Apartments in south Dallas just before the attack.

Booker is a transgender woman and police say the people who hit her shouted homophobic slurs during the attack.

Booker’s father told CBS 11 News his daughter went to the hospital with injuries to her face and has a broken wrist. She is recovering at home.

The concern from those who spoke at the apartment complex on Monday is that Booker could have been killed while others stood idly by.

“I want to say to those who live in the Royal Crest community, y’all are better than this. This act of mob violence was vicious and it was uncalled for,” said neighbor Olinka Green.

Edward Thomas(Credit: Dallas County Jail)

Late Sunday night, Dallas police arrested 29-year-old Edward Thomas and charged him with aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury. He remains in the Dallas County Jail on $75,000 bond.

Dallas police are investigating this attack as a hate crime. Designating the offense as a hate crime doesn’t mean Thomas will face additional charges, but if it’s determined Booker’s gender played a factor in the attack the punishment for those found guilty would be more severe.

Monday afternoon management at the Royal Crest Apartments issued the following statement —
“We at Royal Crest Apartments are very disturbed by the video of the violent incident that occurred near our property on Friday. We strongly condemn any actions of violence or discrimination. While neither the victim nor the attackers were residents of the property, and the incident appears to have begun with a traffic incident, we are working to obtain all available surveillance video to assist the Dallas Police Department in their ongoing investigation. We are grateful for Dallas Police Department’s diligent arrest of the suspect. Our prayers are with the victim, and we will continue to work with law enforcement to prevent violence in our nearby communities.”

Dallas police stressed to CBS 11 that the investigation is ongoing and would not confirm nor deny if they’re looking at any other suspects.


Transgender Woman Muhlaysia Booker Found Dead In East Dallas



Transgender woman Muhlaysia Booker, who was at the center of a viral video where she was beaten near an apartment complex, was found fatally shot in east Dallas early Saturday morning, police confirmed.

Police responded to the shooting call in the 7200 block of Valley Glen Drive at around 6:40 a.m near the Tenison Park Golf Course. She was found dead from a gunshot wound.

In a press conference on Sunday, police identified the woman as Booker. Police do not have any suspects at this time.

Booker was at the center of a video last month where she was seen being brutally attacked outside the Royal Crest Apartments on Wilhurt Avenue in south Dallas.

Police made one arrest in the assault case. Edward Thomas was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

Police do not know of any connections between Booker’s death and the assault.

During Sunday’s press conference, Dallas police talked about the violent month the city appears to be experiencing. They said there have been 23 homicides in May and have solved 18 of them.

“It is the DPD policy that we actively pursue murder suspects. We as a department hold human life dearly and precious as should everybody but we recognize not everybody does. So speaking directly to them – I want you to know that the DPD has never tolerated murder and we never will so understand that we will actively, aggressively pursue you. We need the help of the community and that will be our directive,” Assistant Chief Avery Moore said.


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Police Searching For Man Suspected Of Fatal Shooting 28-Year-Old In South Dallas



Police are searching for a man who they believe shot and killed a 28-year-old at a south Dallas apartment complex Wednesday afternoon.

Police say they responded to the shooting at the Highland Park Apartments on Highland Hills Drive at around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. When they arrived, they found Raymond Dupree in his vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds.

He was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Through the investigation, police believe that 37-year-old Malcolm Bussey is responsible for Dupree’s death. Police say Bussey fled the scene of the shooting in a light-colored Grand Marquis.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 214.671.3684 or Crime Stoppers at 214.373.8477.


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Community Activist Dominique Alexander Arrested on Alleged Domestic Violence



Update:  According to CBSDFW Dallas civil rights activist Dominique Alexander has been arrested as police investigate two allegations of domestic violence against him.

Police say a person who has not been identified reported the two allegations of family violence on Wednesday that involved the activist. He was arrested late Thursday afternoon and booked into the Dallas County Jail.


The Dallas Police Department Family Violence Unit is investigating a complaint made against community activist Dominique Alexander, DPD confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

Alexander’s girl friend called Dallas activist and pastor Jeff Hood after the alleged assault. The pair then went to the hospital before filing a report at the Northwest Dallas Police substation.

“When I got to (the victim) last night, she was experiencing back pain — upper disk pain — she had bruising on her forehead. She had scrapes and bruising on her arm, her finger was swollen and one of her toes was broken,” Hood said.

Alexander, admitted that he’d been in a domestic argument but denied punching anyone during the incident.

“I did not in no way, form or fashion ball my fist or kick or hit her in any kind of way.” — Dominique Alexander

“I did not in no way, form or fashion ball my fist or kick or hit her in any kind of way,” Alexander told the Observer on Wednesday. “I believe that, if that was the case and there was truth and evidence that I would be in jail right now.”

Alexander say’s Hood is taking advantage of what he called a private matter.

“As a fellow activist, I find it very alarming that Jeff Hood decided to exploit my private life in a way without even communicating with me regarding it,” Alexander said. “I find it very deceiving and very misleading. I feel like this is a private matter that has two sides of every story.”


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