VIDEO: Two white cops face charges for beating black transgender woman's head against concrete months before her death
In 2019 two Kansas police officers allegedly beat a black transgender woman. In months the woman died. Now both cops are facing criminal charges.
The video of the alleged use of excessive force that took place almost a year ago was published last Friday. The footage shows two white Kansas City police officers holding a black transgender woman down to the ground while beating her head against the concrete pavement.
The officers were identified as 37-year-old Matthew G. Brummett and 47-year-old Charles Prichard. The name of their victim was Brianna Hill. Hill became the 24th known person killed in 2019 when she was found fatally shot six months after the cops’ assault.
However, both officers didn’t admit that they did anything illegal. According to their statement, they “maintain that the force they used was reasonable under the totality of the circumstances,” and “they vehemently dispute the basis of these charges and believe they will be ultimately exonerated in court.”
While being under the investigation, Brummett and Prichard are placed on “administrative assignment,” according to Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith. The officers involved in the beating are facing charges of fourth-degree assault for recklessly causing physical pain.
Anyway, the charges for the duo aren’t serious enough, Hill’s family believes. The family’s lawyer David Smith said, “You don’t treat this woman like a piece of trash because you think she’s a freak.”
“They don’t deserve to be on the police force at all,” Hill’s aunt, Rena Childs said. “Everybody has a right – has to be treated as a human being. She is missed, but justice will be served. Justice will be served.”