‘Trans’ woman brutally attacked on Newark street as spectators laugh (VIDEO)
NEWARK — City police are looking for two men seen in a video brutally attacking a woman in broad daylight on a downtown street.
The video was shared Thursday by a Facebook user who describes the victim as a transgender woman.
In the video, a man wrestles on the ground with a woman, holding onto her hair, as another man kicks and punches her in the face. One of the men pulls the woman onto the ground several times, holding her by the hair.
Instead of helping the woman who is shouting for help, witnesses laugh and shout: "That's a dude!" and "That's a man!"
Police said the assault happened on Broad Street. The video clip does not show what prompted the incident or what happened afterward.
The downtown street is the same where 15-year-old Sakia Gunn was murdered in 2003 after she rejected a man's advances by identifying as a lesbian. The case was the state's first hate-crime murder trial and her killer was sentenced in 2005 to 20 years in prison for aggravated manslaughter, aggravated assault and bias intimidation.
The Thursday video was shared by Naomi Hill, who says in a separate video that the clip was sent to her.
Hill describes the attack as being "like a lynching" and says the spectators who did not help should "be ashamed of themselves."
"It’s about humanity. Be a human," says Hill, in a video message that contains profanity.
Police shared Hill's video Friday, asking anyone with information to call their confidential 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-695-8477 or 1-695-4867 or online at www.newarkpdonline.org.
Sergio Bichao is deputy digital editor at New Jersey 101.5.
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