Prosecutors Focus On Video Of McDonald’s Beating

ROSEDALE, Md. (WJZ) — A beating at a Baltimore County McDonald’s gains national attention.  There are questions about whether the attack on a transgender woman was a hate crime.

Weijia Jiang explains state prosecutors are now focusing on that viral video.

The video went viral in an instant.  Now state prosecutors are scrutinizing it, investigating if the vicious beating inside a Rosedale McDonald’s was a hate crime.

“There’s a lot of information out there concerning the situation of the victim.  It’s something we need to look into to see if that was the motivation,” said John Cox, Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office.

That victim, 22-year-old Chrissy Polis, told WJZ’s media partner, the Baltimore Sun, that she was attacked because she’s transgender.

“You don’t have to explain yourself to nobody.  Be who you are, go as you are.  But people don’t want that.  In this century, it sickens me that has to come to this result,” Polis said.

Various civil rights groups hope the young suspects—a 14-year-old charged as juvenile and 18-year-old Teonna Brown, who faces a count of felony assault—face even more charges.

“I think all of us, in our heart, we see something like that, we know what it was about,” said Mara Keisling, National Center for Transgender Equality.

WJZ spoke with Brown’s mother, who did not want to show her face on camera.  She’s confident the fight was not driven by hate and says according to her daughter, it was Polis who got physical first.

“She doesn’t care if you’re black, white, Mexican, big, fat, whatever.  She has a lot of gay friends; a lot of them have been in my house.  You’re gonna try to make one person a villain, and she’s not,” her mother said.

But Polis’ mom disagrees.

“I was scared, crying, upset, then I was angered by the people humiliating her.  She deserves everything coming to her,” said Polis’ mother, Renee Carr.

The assistant state’s attorney says the office will know within a week or two whether hate crime charges will be filed. If Brown is found guilty, the count carries an additional 10 years in jail.

McDonald’s fired the worker taking the video.  The franchise owner is considering action against other employees who were on duty at the time.


One Comment

  1. sheriff says:

    It’s pretty obvious from the video that there were numerous infractions. First, the fourteen year old should be charged as an adult. The second person being 18 was & no bail. Thank you Judge. This POS was arrested for the same thing in the same restaurant less than a year ago. Do I see a pattern of criminal activity & her Fat Momma should shut her pie hole because these pigs should both be prosecuted for HATE crimes, pure & simple. If it were the other way around the airwaves, media & even the President would have been protesting. There were less than a hundred mostly White supporters out there last evening & that is a disgrace. Let your mouth do the talking people & not your fingers sitting behind the computer.

  2. HooDatIS? says:


  3. Ex-Baltimore says:

    This black gang beat down garbage is becoming more and more common. This ghetto behavior is becoming or already has become a young black person cultural fun activity. There have been three separate incidences within the past week of young blacks ganging up on and violently assaulting people. This incident against the transgender white person, Ocean City, and now Inner Harbor Baltimore have all had young black gang organized assaults. I find today’s black so-called “leaders” to be worthless and the NAACP a meaningless thing of the past due to the fact that they all ignore this kind of unacceptable violent behavior coming from blacks. If all the above incidences were from organized white young adults against blacks, then there would be protests and even urban riots. My fellow black people are making me enraged, dissappointed and even embarrased by all of this obnoxious and deadly behavior. I find it absolutely shameful that no persons from the black leadership community are coming forward to say anything condemning this violence from blacks. I mean it. Where is the NAACP, Nation of Islam, or even Al Sharpton. It’s almost as if they are encourging these violent young blacks with their silence. White people: I’m no Uncle Tom, or a “sell out” to my fellow black people, but just know that I stand with you to condemn these vile violent acts being committed by today’s out of control black young people. I just pray that there will not start to be violent retribution against blacks. hang in there everybody. We can all fight these thugs with determination and our vote for more law enforcement committed leaders–even if it means shifting to the Republicans who are always tougher on crime than ultra-liberal Democrats who love criminals.

  4. HooDatIS? says:


  5. sheriff says:

    Someday soon a White person packing a big gun is going to blast a couple of Black monkeys into oblivion. Irt’s going to take a no B.S. stand by us Whites to send a message loud & clear to these Coons. Let em go pick their own cotton.

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