“It was anti-Trans hate, pure and simple. Sadly the incident will be treated as just petty vandalism and assault since Tennessee does not recognize anti-Trans attacks as legal hate crimes”
Upon arriving at his Knoxville home after Sunday services, a disabled man was restrained by two assailants as a third vandalized his house and destroyed personal property found inside his car. During the attack all three assailants made anti-Transgender comments and taunts including death threats if he did not move out of the house immediately.
A neighbor called 911 as she watched one of the suspects spray paint “Tranny f***er” on her neighbor’s front door. During police interview she told of hearing loud voices in her neighbor’s yard which is why she was looking across their properties and saw the vandalism. “Before the woman moved out I would sometimes hear her yelling at him as he begged her to calm down, I just ignored it. One night I saw her two friends attack him as she watched. I waited too long to call police that time and they got away with it, so this time I made sure to call immediately.” Today the suspects were warned by the sound of sirens on wrong road and had left the area before police arrived at correct location.
When asked if she thought these attackers were same ones she saw during previous incident tears filled her eyes. “I can’t say for sure, just that the car was different. I am so sorry this is happening to him, he is such a Godly man.”
The physical damage is estimated at under $500 (five hundred dollars), the emotional damage is immeasurable. Being attacked outside his own home because of anti-Trans hate creates a different sort of damage, including destroying any feelings of personal safety.
“No one who matters (in law enforcement) actually cares. I was not even asked by police if I am actually Trans or if I knew why I was the target of anti-Trans hate, they just snickered amongst themselves before giving me a card with report number then prepared to leave before I was even in the ambulance,” reports the victim, who requested to stay anonymous for now.
Deirdre Radcliffe, representative of KnoxGirlz of East Tennessee support group, stated “It was anti-Trans hate, pure and simple. Sadly the incident will be treated as just petty vandalism and assault since Tennessee does not recognize anti-Trans attacks as legal hate crimes. Even if he could prove it was an example of ongoing Domestic Violence by his ex it will be just dismissed again like last time.”
Ms Radcliffe explained she was referring to previous incident described by neighbor which resulted in an emergency Ex Parte Order of Protection being issued against his female domestic partner. That Order was dismissed less than a month later by a Magistrate without allowing the complaining victim to present all his evidence or cross exam the accused in open court, the only evidence accepted by Magistrate was a mysterious private investigator report from the suspect which was not shown to the complaining victim.
The victim was treated at University of Tennessee Medical Center for dislocated shoulder and aggravation of his chronic back and neck injuries. He was released and sent home without police escort or referral to Victim Assistance Services.