Texas drag performer’s tragic death poses a dilemma for this reporter

Posted: October 17, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS

Mercedes DemarcoTHE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Let there be no doubt here, any death while in police custody following being tased — which is what happened to El Paso, Texas, drag performer Fernando Gomez, known on stage as Mercedes Demarco, earlier this week — is outrageous. This incident needs to be fully investigated and if findings results in police usage of unnecessary force, severe disciplinary action taken.

The gist: Police responded to what is reported as a domestic disturbance call, found Gomez screaming and after being unable to subdue Gomez, used a taser. Later, while cuffed during transport, Gomez became unresponsive, and remained so after paramedics intervened. Gomez was later declared dead at a hospital.

The dilemma here is the question of whether Gomez’s death is a ‘TDOR’ relevant. The problem is twofold.

1) It is difficult to make a case that the police intended to kill Gomez specifically because of…

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