Victim of Beating at Baltimore County McDonald's Calls Attack a 'Hate Crime'

Employee who recorded beating that went viral is no longer employed with the fast food restaurant in Rosedale.

A transgender woman whose attack at a Rosedale McDonald’s was recorded and later went viral on the Internet said she is a victim of a hate crime, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Chrissy Lee Polis, 22, who grew up in Essex and Dundalk, told The Baltimore Sun that since the attack on April 18 she’s afraid to go out in public.

"Anyone in my predicament should not be afraid to walk the streets," Polis told The Sun. "They should not have to go into a restaurant and get gawked at and made fun of.”

A 14-year-old girl faces assault charges and an 18-year-old girl has charges pending against her after the violent attack at the McDonald's, located on the 6300 block of Kenwood Avenue.

The occurred at about 8 p.m. on April 18. When officers arrived, they discovered Polis, who appeared to be having a seizure, according to a statement released by the Baltimore County Police Department.

Witnesses advised that two female suspects had assaulted the victim. Both suspects were later identified. The 14-year-old female has been charged as a juvenile. Charges are pending against an 18-year-old female. Polis was transported to Franklin Square Hospital for treatment.

The incident remains under investigation and the State's Attorney's Office is reviewing the case to determine whether it was racially and/or gender motivated. Baltimore County police refused to comment further.

The McDonald’s franchise owner, Mitchell McPherson, released a statement that said the employee who recorded the attack was no longer employed at the restaurant.

"My first and foremost concern is with the victim,” McPherson said. “I'm as shocked and disturbed by this assault as anyone would be. The behavior displayed in the video is unfathomable and reprehensible.

“The safety of my customers is my top priority. We called the police immediately, and we are thoroughly investigating the behavior and response of my employees. Action has been taken, and the crewmember who made the video is no longer employed with my organization. Appropriate action regarding other employees will take place as warranted."

A three-minute video of the attack, taken by a McDonald’s employee, begins with two women kicking and beating the victim, lying on the ground near a bathroom. One employee tries to stop the attack, but the attack continues, even after an older woman, who is shoved in the process, tries to break it up.

The two suspects then rip a wig off of the victim and drag her to the front door. One of the suspects can then been seen landing a devastating blow to Polis’ head as she lay on the floor. The victim then appears to go into a seizure.

The video of the beating garnered hundreds of thousands of views on various websites, including The Smoking Gun and The Drudge Report.

McDonald’s also posted an additional reaction to the incident on its corporate website:

“First and foremost, our thoughts are with the victim during this time. Our franchisee is investigating the behavior and response of his employees. Action has been taken, and the crewmember who made the video is no longer employed by his organization. Appropriate action regarding other employees will take place as warranted.

“We want to reassure our customers that your neighborhood McDonald's is a safe, welcoming place for everyone. We share our customers' concern. We are doing everything possible to make sure the right thing is done.”

Still, Equality Maryland wants the attack investigated as a hate crime. WJZ reports that supporters of the transgendered community are planning a rally at 7 p.m. on Monday in front of the Rosedale McDonald’s.

Joyce April 24, 2011 at 04:11 AM
So they fired the photographer? If it hadn't been for him, this incident would have gone unpunished. I guess that is what McDonalds would like. No one would help that poor girl, it was sickening and frightening. I even heard on the tape someone saying look at her boobs. Disgusting...
Tracey Reitterer April 24, 2011 at 05:26 AM
I was almost physically ill watching this video. For me, it's not about transgender, or a black & white issue, I simply watched a brutal assault between a defenseless victim and 2 savage animals. With all the males in that resturaunt, the only person who came to the victim's defense was an elderly woman, who got pushed & punched by the same perpetrators for trying to help. EVERY employee in McDonalds that night should be fired for not intervening and stopping this assault. Even the manager, who is seen causally walking away as the victim is seizing on the floor, held open the door and allowed the perpetrators to leave the building, rather than hold them inside until police came. I, for one, will never patronize McDonalds again. I hope those 2 girls are convicted and the victim ends up owning that store one day.
jeff watkins April 24, 2011 at 08:45 AM
i dont know why this happen yet but from what i saw made me mad and sick. to sit and watch something like this and do nothing to help this woman should be a crime also. people wake up if that was you being beat up you would want someone to help you. this lady has a good case and i bet the lawyers are standing in line to get her case.
Margaret April 24, 2011 at 11:32 AM
It made me sick to watch this on tv. Some one should have called the police sooner.
John April 24, 2011 at 11:36 AM
They fired the guy that took the video, why, because the video made McDonalds look bad and showed what kind of people they will hire. McDonald only cares about money!
Rev. Doc April 24, 2011 at 01:04 PM
I agree with you Tracey. I am sorry I wasn't there that night, as I would have stopped it real quick. Someone would be unconscious, but the victim would have been saved from a seizure. My Prayers are with the Victim, and I hope he recovers quickly.
Ddog April 24, 2011 at 02:07 PM
I hope all is well with the victim. I do know that if this were a black man/women it would be a whole different story. We would see riots and uneducated people try to talk to the media. What the victim needs here is a white Jesse Jackson!
anita k April 24, 2011 at 06:19 PM
I cant stand McDonalds and havent eaten at one in probably 22 yrs. (i just think their food is aweful)...BUT that has nothing to do with this violent attack. TELL ME>>>> Whay couldnt anyone phone the cops IMMEDIATELY!!!!?????? I have been a bartender for over 20 yrs....I deal with violent issues on a REGULAR basis (mostly drunks).....and I have NEVER hesitated to pick up a phone and dial 911 as soon as things appear that they may escillate into a bad situation. This is a serioulsy DISTURBING video...mainly because noone did anything!!!!!
Sean Tully April 24, 2011 at 06:37 PM
Actually I think the victim is a post-op transgender woman. And, it seems to me the only confused "person" was God or nature.
Sean Tully April 24, 2011 at 06:39 PM
Rev., and what if one of the boyfriends off to the side had a gun? Maybe you'd be another victim? Had I been there I would have called the cops and demanded McDonald's employees act to stop the incident.
Rev. Doc April 24, 2011 at 06:58 PM
Sean, I have spent time in combat, 12 years in the Rangers, I may be up in age, but still got it where it counts. I would not have been a victim, I am a Biker, Not a Victim. But, please be in prayer for all involved, I ask this because I am also a Christian, Meek not Weak.
Jay Addis April 24, 2011 at 08:16 PM
It's the world we live in. The world we made. It's tv shows and movies, games and parents, just not caring. Malls in this area wonder why no one comes. Malls, fast food joints and even the streets are not safe. Just go to East Point Mall and observe. Go park in a fast food place and watch what goes on in side. And the poice? Don't call the police, it's not their fault. Parents need to look in the mirror. That's where you put the blame. It's not color, or sex or anything. It's how we raise our children.
Josh p April 24, 2011 at 09:04 PM
Bye bye McDonalds. I will never go to McDonalds again for the rest of my life, I will not allow my family to go there either, I will tell all my friends, colleagues not to go to McDonalds. Not because the victim is a transgender, not because this may be a white-black thing, it is solely because that McDonalds fired the guy who taped it. The crime committed is horrible, it made me sick, but what McDonalds did made me even angrier. Basically what McDonalds says is that you will be punished first, harshly not because you didn't come to aide the victim, simply because you revealed crime! This is the cancer of our society, you can commit crime and get away from it as long as you are not exposed, if someone dare to make a crime sense public which may not be in the best interest of the "big boss", the messenger will be punished. What a sick world!
lori April 24, 2011 at 09:43 PM
I am not saying what those girls did was right cause it wasnt but did anyone check see if he was really she. Cause i know i woudnt want him going in the women bathroom if i was going. What was said before they beat him/her up that was never show just him/ her getting beat up. Yeah this is sick world that for sure. They should check out more info before going this fair. This person i know is lier/Cheater. But the news always Jump before they get all the info.
Christopher Koulouris April 24, 2011 at 10:36 PM
Which begs the question- what is more dangerous? Leaving the victim to fend for their life against a merciless bunch or just sitting there doing nothing and idly laughing away? So much for perverted social attitudes. Who’s the real victim and the real perpetrator? http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2011/04/mcdonalds-fires-employee-who-shot-video-of-transgender-being-beaten-into-a-seizure/
LalainMaryland April 24, 2011 at 11:16 PM
Please, give me a break. Frankly, who cares. What came before becomes non-existent in light of the attack that came after, especially when there was a time in the attack when it was over and then the girls came back at the victim and started it ALL OVER AGAIN. That was when it became truly criminal. Someone had successfully broken the altercation up and the two girls once again had to go back after the victim. Following your broken chain of reasoning, what did the victim do wrong the second time?
LalainMaryland April 24, 2011 at 11:19 PM
McDonald's should fire the employee who filmed it because that was the voice telling the girls to run!!! They should also fire the manager who opened the door for the girls and any other employee who aided them by not calling the cops. You knew the minute he was finished he was uploading it to Youtube. It was in no way to aid the cops. It's the same reasons kids tape fights at high schools. Josh, please don't think he was being a good samaritan.
Cathy Brennan April 25, 2011 at 01:04 AM
For Immediate Release April 24, 2011 Countywide Rally to Oppose Violence Coalition of Groups Outraged by Violent Attack Against Transgender Woman Contact: Sandy Rawls, Trans-United, 443-447-3238 Dana Beyer, 240-731-8338 Rosedale, Maryland: Trans-United, TransMaryland, Baltimore County for Equality, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and allies join together to condemn the violent attack on Chrissy Lee Polis, a transgender woman at the McDonald’s restaurant at 6315 Kenwood Avenue, Rosedale, MD. This tragic event has sparked outrage among those who will gather on Monday, April 25 at 7:00 PM in front of the McDonald’s restaurant, the site of the attack on April 18, 2011.
Josh p April 25, 2011 at 01:30 AM
LalainMaryland, I do agree with you, the guy who taped the whole thing is probably no better than anyone who were cheering for the beating, laughing at the victim. My point is, that McDonalds should fire the manager first, by firing the taping guy only showed that McDonalds is more upset about the leaking of the story, that's more dangerous to the society IMO. Youtube deleted the video so quickly I wonder why? do yo think youtube would allow anyone posting another Rodney King alike incidence on their side if it happened today? they will try everything to cover it up.
Chirz April 25, 2011 at 03:14 PM
Could someone please erase Rev. Doc's ignorant post above. Homosexuality and gender identity confusion are not a mental illness and it is down despicable for anyone to think that. Get your head out of your a$$ you piece of $hit.
Rev. Doc April 25, 2011 at 03:24 PM
"Could someone please erase Rev. Doc's ignorant post above. Homosexuality and gender identity confusion are not a mental illness and it is down despicable for anyone to think that. Get your head out of your a$$ you piece of $hit." View the updated article and reply to the comment. As to whom posted this, I am a Trained Licensed Psychologist, and according to the APA (American Psychology Association) Gender Identity is still listed as a Mental Disorder. Check it out for yourself. Take your Rhetoric hateful vulgar words to the APA, and protest them for their diagnostic flavor of what is a mental disorder. "Nuff Said"
Rev. Doc April 25, 2011 at 03:28 PM
P.S. Seems it is you who needs a Cranial-Rectal-Ectomy. "knowledge is Power" M.L.K. Jr.
John April 25, 2011 at 04:14 PM
Some people will react to situation, other's won't. That's the way it is and that's the way it always will be.
Edward April 26, 2011 at 01:48 AM
About time somebody tells it like it is!
Sean Tully April 26, 2011 at 03:43 AM
As disgusting as the assult was, I don't think it was a hate crime, at least initially. I don't think the attackers launched the assult because of the woman's sexuality.
paul watkins September 13, 2012 at 12:14 PM
you wouldnt help any one,,, so stop bs


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