Bridges McRae Pleads Guilty in Police Brutality Case



Duanna Johnson
  • Duanna Johnson
Bridges McRae, a former Memphis Police officer, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to a felony civil rights charge of using excessive force against Duanna Johnson while booking her into the Shelby County Jail.

McRae was tried in federal court in April but the jury was unable to reach a verdict. The case attracted widespread attention because of a videotape that showed McRae beating Johnson, a transgendered woman, in the corrections center.

During the plea hearing, McRae admitted that Johnson had been in his custody when he used an unreasonable amount of force against her when he struck her. McRae acknowledged that his conduct violated federal law and that he violated Johnson’s civil rights. He further admitted that his attack caused bodily injury to Johnson in the form
of cuts, bruises, and pain.

McRae faces a maximum of ten years in prison for the civil rights offense. McRae will be incarcerated for 24 months.

McRae also agreed to plead guilty to one count of tax evasion, pending approval by the Department of Justice’s Tax Division.

The incident occurred in 2008.

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