2 Arrested in Transphobic Attack Caught on Video: 'A Sucker Punch to All of Us'

Police are still looking for a third suspect in the vicious attack that went viral after one of the victims posted video footage.
August 21, 2020, 3:40pm
​Instagram/ Eden the Doll
Instagram/ Eden the Doll

Los Angeles police have arrested two suspects in connection to an attack on three transgender women that took place in Hollywood earlier this week. Police are investigating the attack as a hate crime.

Carlton Callway, 29, was arrested Thursday, and 42-year-old Willie Walker was arrested Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. Police are still searching for a third suspect, Davion Williams, 22, on suspicion of assault.

“These types of instances of hate and violence have no place in Los Angeles,” Michel Moore, chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, said in a video posted to Twitter. “The Los Angeles Police Department stands fully in support of your rights and your dignity, and respects each of you as individuals. And we will not allow this to occur here, and we’ll do everything within our power to ensure that it does not.”

Footage of the attack went viral after influencer Eden the Doll posted extensive videos of the incident, which occurred in the early hours of Monday morning, on Instagram.

The videos appear to depict a group of men robbing, assaulting, and taunting Eden and her influencers Jaslene White Rose and Joslyn Flawless. In one video, a man — who police allege was Williams — throws a scooter at one of the women.

In another, Rose is struck in the head and then falls to the ground. She was knocked unconscious, Eden said in an Instagram caption.

In some of the videos, a crowd of people has gathered around the women, but no one moves to help them. Even a cop car drives by, slows down, and then continues on.

“More people keep walking past us. No one is stopping, no one is helping no matter how much I begged,” Eden wrote on Instagram at the time. Like Rose and Flawless, Eden is an influencer. “People preach black lives matter and want equality for all, but this is how they treat BLACK TRANS WOMEN.”

The videos of the incident were originally filmed by one of the alleged attackers before Eden posted them to her own account, Eden said.

In a press conference Thursday, Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell denounced the attackers.

“When I saw the video, like anyone who has seen it who believes in human decency, to see this level of violence celebrated gleefully, so much so that the perpetrator himself posted on social media, is like a sucker punch to all of us who believe in civilized behavior,” O’Farrell said, according to the Washington Post.

Cover: Screenshot from video posted to Instagram by Eden the Doll, Aug. 17, 2020