Katie Burgess talks CeCe McDonald case, judicial system [VIDEO]

This week's feature, "The Edge of Doubt," examines the controversial trial of Chrishaun "CeCe" McDonald, a transgender woman accused of murdering Dean Alvin Schmitz outside the Schooner Tavern last summer.

Since the charges were filed almost a year ago, advocates for McDonald have amassed all over the world. They say she was the victim of a brutal attack outside the bar that night, that she was lucky to survive, and should never have been charged with the crime.

The weekend before the trial began, we sat down with Katie Burgess, executive director of the Trans Youth Support Group, to talk about why the case has made such an impact.

Burgess alleges that the case is representative of discrimination toward transgender people that is perpetuated by the court system, citing statistics from two studies (found here and here).

"It just caught fire so fast," says Burgess about McDonald's support. "Folks that were hearing about her case were so enraged."

Here's Burgess, in her own words, on why McDonald's case has resonated across the world:

Check City Pages Friday for a video summary of our interview with Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman, who denies that race or gender played into the decision to charge McDonald. Previous Coverage:

  • COVER: The Edge of Doubt
  • CeCe McDonald trial is underway
  • CeCe McDonald pleads guilty to lesser charge
  • Dance Party Rally for CeCe McDonald

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