Suspect Indicted in Beating Death of N.Y. Trans Woman Islan Nettles
A Brooklyn man (James Dixon) was indicted Tuesday on manslaughter and felony assault charges for the August 2013 fatal beating of 21-year-old trans woman Islan Nettles in Harlem.
The New York District Attorney announced in a statement that its 18-month investigation has concluded that 24-year-old James Dixon delivered the blow to Nettles's face that caused her to fall and hit her head on the pavement, leading to a serious brain injury. According to Dixon's idictment, he struck Nettles in the head several more times after she fell, exacerbating her injury— a trauma that resulted in her being declared brain-dead and being taken off life support several days later.
A $2,000 bail put Islan Nettles "alleged" killer back on the streets. A $2,000 reward is supposed to bring him back to justice? Islan Nettles is not just "One of Many." She is "One too Many!" Let's raise the BOUNTY on the coward who took her life because he could not accept his own. Make a donation towards the $10,000 fundraiser to add to NYPD's reward. Encourage others to make a donation. Together, we CAN catch a killer!
This month there are many PRIDE events taking place. Be proud, enjoy them and please, be safe. I wish I could say the same to Islan Nettles. I know her story will be told countless times over at the PRIDE events. Her name will be mentioned and there may even be some honors given to others in her name. I ask that you keep in mind, justice has not been served. Her killer is still in the streets. We can directly effect the outcome of Islan's cold case. I have faith money makes people talk and loose lips will sink ships. Lets raise the reward money on Islan's highly publicized, much talked about case, that has yet to see an ounce of justice! Together we can catch her killer.
Please we need your help! In 2 weeks we have only received (1) $10 donation. This case is so important for Trans Humanity & Trans Equality! It is important we show by example TRANS LIVES MATTER. Islan Nettles Life mattered. Letting yet ANOTHER Trans Woman of Color crime get swept under the rug is NOT an option.
Examples of what you can do to help:
1) In your place of work, share your concern for this case. Collect any dollar amount donation from co-workers. You can donate collectively under the name of your company or one person.
2) If you work for a NYC LGBT Non-Profit organization, ask if the company will consider making a donation. If they refuse, don't be disappointed. Inquire why and proceed to example #1
3) Ask your friends or family members to make a donation. Share with them why this case is so important.
4) Share on Social Media! On Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram etc. reach out to Trans Stars, Trans Advocates, Trans Media and Trans Organizations. Ask them to make a donation. Sharing and Re-Tweeting gets the word out & is appreciated, but we need donations.
Please help us raise the reward money that would encourage information from the public leading to an arrest & indictment in the Islan Nettles unsolved homicide case. Luz's Daughter Cares seeks to pursue justice for the beating death of beloved Transgender woman Islan Nettles by raising reward money for information leading to the arrest and indictment of her killer.
Nearly 7 months after Islan's gruesome death, no one has been arrested and the case has gone cold. Due to urging in 2014 from Nariko Wright, the founder of Luz's Daughter Cares, on 4/21/14 the NYPD Foundation initiated up to $2,000 reward for anonymous information that could help solve the case.
We seek to strengthen the "reward for indictment" process by raising thousands of more dollars because Islan Nettles life mattered. Trans Lives Matter.
We seek to ensure the person/s who killed Islan Nettles do not get away with murder.
History of the Justice For Islan Nettles Case:
At midnight, August 17, 2013, Paris Wilson, accompanied by friends, flirted with Islan Nettles in Harlem, directly across the street from Police Service Area 6 at 2770 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, between West 147th and West 148th Street. (Public Service Area 6 covers the 24th, 26th, and 32nd Precincts.) Upon realizing Nettles was transgender, Wilson became enraged and began to harass Nettles and her transgender companions with transphobic slurs. Wilson began punching Nettles vigorously in the face until she fell to the pavement, slamming her head on concrete, according to the NYPD. Notified by one of Nettles' friends, police officers arrived at the scene and pulled Wilson off of Nettles, according to DNAinfo.com. Nettles was then transported to Harlem Hospital and admitted with severe head trauma. Officers at Police Service Area 6 did not question Nettles companions thoroughly and never checked on Nettles' condition until after her death at Harlem Hospital, law enforcement sources have confirmed. Investigations were halted until August 23rd, when the D.A.'s office learned that Nettles was declared brain dead and removed from life support. When asked about crucial footage from the ten surveillance cameras located on the PSA 6 edifice and on surrounding structures, the D.A.'s office said all cameras were broken and no footage existed. Due to lack of evidence, the charges against Paris Wilson were dropped.
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