The Trayvon Martin case brought light to the “Stand Your Ground” law that seems to have only protected George Zimmerman. All of the other cases we’ve reported on this matter are all in the favor of the attacked. The newest case was a result of a transgender man defending himself against a racial/homophobic attack that resulted in the death of his attacker.
In Minneapolis, Chrishaun “CeCe” McDonald was walking to the grocery store with friends when she was taunted with racist and homophobic remarks by Dean Schmitz, 47, and two women. One of the women smashed a glass into McDonald’s face causing a laceration in her face. But during the confrontation, McDonald stabbed Schmitz in the chest with fabric scissors and he died, according to the Black Youth Project.
McDonald was charged with felony murder in the second degree for Schmitz’s death without the consideration that she was defending herself. Wednesday, McDonald accepted a plea agreement that will lessen the charge to manslaughter in the second degree. The incident occurred June 2011 and she has been in custody since that time.
According to the Support CeCe McDonald website:
“McDonald will be sentenced on June 4th at 1:30pm under Hennepin County Judge Daniel Moreno to 41 months in prison. The executed sentence will be reduced by one third, for “good time” and credit for the time McDonald has served pending this resolution.”
There are several complaints regarding McDonald’s incarceration. She did not receive proper healthcare for her injuries and was incarcerated in solitary confinement for a month, per the support site, “for being a transgender person.” We’re not certain how they proved that, but McDonald’s case sounds similar to the testimony that George Zimmerman’s case and he simply walked away from the assault without incident…no arrest.
The report even states that the assailant, Schmitz, had a swastika tattooed on his chest and a past record of domestic violence. The domestic violence charge will not be entered into evidence as a part of the case, but bad checks that McDonald has written will.
If you want to get updated on the case and also support McDonald go to the Support CeCe McDonald site here.