Posted on June 3, 2020

LGBTQ Community Calls for Justice After Tony McFade, a Black Trans Man, Shot and Killed by Police

Meredith Deliso, ABC, June 2, 2020

LGBTQ advocates are calling for a full investigation and accountability into the shooting death of a black trans man by a police officer in Tallahassee, Florida, last week.

The Tallahassee Police Department said an officer was responding to a deadly stabbing incident on May 27 when they came across Tony McDade, who matched the description of the stabbing suspect, in the area. McDade allegedly pointed a gun at the officer, and the officer fatally shot him, Tallahassee Police Chief Lawrence Revell said in a press briefing following the shooting.

The death of McDade, 38, was the third fatal officer-involved shooting in the Florida capital in two months.

His death — two days after George Floyd’s while in police custody — has sparked an outcry from advocacy groups.

“Justice cannot be served without accountability,” Natishia June, the deputy field director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, said during a press briefing Monday calling for an independent investigation into his death. “The Tallahassee Police Department must be held accountable to Tony McDade’s family and the community they are sworn to protect and serve.”