Keep CeCe McDonald safe while she serves her sentence!
Cece McDonald is a transgendered woman of color who is is being held in a men's correctional facility.
***This petition was created independently of the Support CeCe Commitee. The creator of this petition is not a member of or connected to the Support CeCe committee.***
Transfer CeCe McDonald to Shakopee Women's Correctional Facility
Dear Collin Gau, Warden of the Minnesota Correctional Facility-St. Cloud
Today Chrishaun “CeCe” McDonald was sentenced to three years and five months in prison after she accepted a plea bargain of second-degree manslaughter for stabbing and killing Dean Schmitz. Though CeCe admits to stabbing Schmitz, she did not act maliciously and has expressed remorse over her actions.
On June 5, 2011 CeCe and a group of friends were physically assaulted while walking past Schooner Tavern in Minneapolis. Their attackers, Dean Schmitz, a known racist who had a swastika tattooed on his chest, and two white women heaved racist and homophobic slurs at CeCe and her friends while attacking them. During the attack, CeCe was struck in the face with a cocktail glass, which lacerated her salivary gland. As a result, CeCe attempted to flee the attack but was followed by Schmitz who continued the assault. CeCe was forced to defend herself against a violent Schmitz who had methamphetamines and cocaine in his system according to toxicology reports.
Cece is currently in Minnesota State custody at your prison, St. Cloud Men’s Correctional Facility. Housing CeCe at a men’s correctional facility means that CeCe’s life, safety, and well-being are hanging in the balance. Transgendered inmates face extraordinarily high rates of sexual and physical assault, commonly known as rape and murder, while incarcerated.
Cece has lived as a woman all of her late teen and adult life. To redefine her gender identity and subject her to the high rates of physical and sexual violence while incarcerated is dehumanizing and undeniably cruel. We urge you to ensure CeCe’s transfer to Shakopee Women’s Correctional Facility to serve the remainder of her sentence. This afternoon Judge Daniel Moreno sentenced CeCe to prison time, not death. Please do your part and ensure that CeCe can serve out her sentence safely in a women’s prison.
Supporters of CeCe McDonald