Milwaukee Crime Stoppers offer $28,000 reward for information about murder of transgender woman

Milwaukee Crime Stoppers is offering a $28,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the Brazil Johnson murder. The 28-year-old black transgender woman was shot dead in Milwaukee near Teutonia and Garfield avenues. No arrests have been made so far and the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) continues to search for suspects.

Johnson was killed on June 15. Milwaukee County Supervisor Peter Burgelis announced that the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, Cream City Foundation and Milwaukee Crime Stoppers each contributed $1,000 to the reward pot. Attorney Michael Hupy, president of Milwaukee Crime Stoppers, pledged an additional $25,000.

Burgelis told a press conference that as a black transgender woman, Johnson was a member of a community facing “an epidemic of violence.” He added that the reward money “provides additional incentive for anyone with information about this horrific crime to come forward and help bring justice to those close to Brazil.” Kevin Turner, executive director of the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, praised efforts to find Johnson’s killers. “We also stand with the family,” Turner said. “We are here to support our transgender community [which] is under attack at record levels and we want to make sure their voices are heard.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, Johnson is at least the 17th transgender person to be murdered in the United States in 2022. Black transgender women account for 66% of all victims of fatal violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people, according to Crime Stoppers. Press release.

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Mark M. Gagnon