Justice for Transgender Woman Killed in North Carolina

Target: Jeff Sessions, United States Attorney General

Goal: Order a hate crime investigation into the death of Derrika Banner.

Derrika Banner is at least the 19th transgender person killed nationwide since the start of the year. She was allegedly shot under unclear circumstances in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina. A suspect has been apprehended in connection to the case, but local police say they aren’t investigating the death as a possible hate crime. In fact, in North Carolina, killings targeting victims based on sexual orientation or gender identity are not covered under state hate crime laws. In cases like this, only the federal government can call for a hate crime investigation. If you believe they should do just that, please sign this petition calling for Derrika Banner’s death to be investigated as a hate crime.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Sessions,

The Department of Justice has a responsibility to investigate possible cases of hate crimes, especially when such an investigation is impossible at the state level. This is why you should immediately order a hate crime investigation into the death of Derrika Banner. A transgender woman, Banner was allegedly shot under unclear circumstances in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina. North Carolina has no statute for hate crimes based on gender or sexual orientation. In cases like this, the only option is for federal prosecutors to invoke the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. We demand you do exactly this, and see justice done for Banner.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Benson Kua

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2 Comments

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    stop transgender holocaust now!

  2. Derrika Banner should get justice! Charge for First Degree Murder NOW! Life in prison! Hate only brings more hate and violence! North Carolina follow the Federal Hate Crime Act, and update your own LAWS!

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