Black trans lives are often left out of the conversation on police violence. In 2008, Duanna Johnson was likely murdered by police officers in Memphis after they beat her during her imprisonment a few months prior. A video of the attack was published online and led to some minor punishments for the officers (such as being assigned to desk work). While some have called for federal investigation, no one has been charged for her murder. Not to mention Johnson was likely being held on false charges in the first place.
It’s important to note that this graphic reads “Black Trans Lives Matter.” The purpose of this, like the hashtag #blacklivesmatter, is to highlight the way that black trans people in particular are subject to a disproportionate amount of violence. This is an issue of black trans lives, not all trans lives, or all lives.