Tony McDade, a 38-year-old transgender man, was shot and killed by a police officer on May 27, 2020, in Tallahassee, Florida. According to the police department, Tony was a suspect in a recent stabbing and found with a bloody knife and gun. Details around the incident are still unclear.
Police have not released the officer’s name due to Marsy’s Law, a Florida amendment that classifies anyone who’s allegedly had their life threatened as victims—including police officers—and ensures their right to privacy.
Nonetheless, witnesses have stated that the officer, who was white, did not follow protocol, and used a racial slur, the N-word, before shooting Tony. A neighborhood resident who was recording on Facebook Live from across the street said, “They said, ‘Stop moving, n—-r,’ and then they shot him after he stopped moving.” Another witness said, “I never heard, ‘Get down, freeze, I’m an officer.’ I never heard nothing. I just heard gunshots.”