One arrested after gang posts video of attack on Phoenix trans teen

Dakota kern

A video posted on Facebook by the attackers shows transgender teen Dakota Kern in a fetal position as a mob of 20 kicked and punched her.

Dakota Kern says she was invited to a pool party at the complex near 35th Avenue and Dunlap in Pheonix Arizona on August 16. The 18-year-old believes she was lured to the pool by acquaintances so that they and strangers could attack her.  Kern said soon after arriving they began yelling gay and transphobic slurs telling CBS 5 it was a planned hate crime.

One juvenile was reportedly arrested today, August 21st, but because of the youth’s age, no details were revealed. Dakota Kern told The CBS affilate she wants the police to arrest the other as well.

Phoenix police say their bias crimes unit is investigating. The unit handles cases where crimes occur, in whole or in part, as a result of a prejudice toward an individual or group.

3TV | CBS 5

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Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.

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3 Responses to One arrested after gang posts video of attack on Phoenix trans teen

  1. Xoe August 22, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    This woman beat up a 15 year old Black girl days earlier. In no way was this a hate crime. It was retaliation for her assualt on a young Black girl. Although, Dern’s assault was tragic, I think this article should reflect that this was not unprovoked.

  2. Key Murray August 23, 2017 at 10:49 am

    https://youtu.be/0svl_5dFUOM