A Black biological female killed by a white Tallahassee police officer has been identified on social media as a female-to-male transgender.
Police say Natosha "Tony" McDade stabbed a man to death and was fatally shot after pointing a gun at cops around 11 a.m. Wednesday.
An eyewitness told reporters McDade stabbed a man then fled the scene on foot.
Police Chief Lawrence Revell said "anger is justified" after several Black people were killed by white officers in the state.
McDade's death is the third officer-involved shooting in Tallahassee in two months.
Revell said the status of the officer's body camera is unknown. But if it exists it will be made available only after a fringe jury hearing.
McDade was initially identified as a woman on social media.
"A black girl was just killed in Tallahassee by cops. She was walking alone and minding her business. Shot five times," one user tweeted. "Non-male so I know you mother***kers don't care. Just talking to myself..."
But angry transgender activists took to social media to correct the victim's gender and to criticize police and the news media for "misgendering" McDade.
A black girl was just killed in Tallahassee by cops. She was walking alone and minding her business. Shot five times.
Non-male so I know you motherfuckers don’t care. Just talking to myself...#BlackLivesMatter
— Black Men DGAF (@IsisPaperzZ) May 27, 2020
The silence around Tony Mcdade is so loud.
— #TonyMcDade (@MelzDot) May 28, 2020