ROSEDALE, Md. (WJZ)— Outrage is growing over that violent beating of a transgender woman inside a Baltimore County McDonald’s. Now for the first time, we’re hearing the calls to 911 for help.
Kai Jackson explains many believe this is a hate crime.
The attack was as sickening as it was vicious. A Rosedale McDonald’s was the scene of a violent attack on April 18 that was captured on video. Now police have released the tense-filled calls to 911 for help.
“To actually see the video and the people in there they didn’t help her,” said Juliette Rambharose, of Rosedale.
Police say the victim is actually a 22-year-old transgender woman named Chrissy Polis.
“You don’t have to explain yourself to nobody. Be who you are and go as you are,” Polis said.
Investigators say for some reason Teonna Brown, 18, and a 14-year-old girl got into a dispute with Polis and attacked her.
A McDonald’s employee captured mobile phone video of the attack, which went viral on the Internet.
McDonald’s says that employee was fired.
Now security has been increased. The video shows Polis apparently having a seizure after the beating.
Caller: “We got a customer having a seizure right here in McDonald’s.”
911: “Can you tell if he’s awake right now?”
Caller: “Yeah. He moving. Yeah. He need help for real.”
Beyond increased security, McDonald’s says it continues to investigate to determine what other employees were doing while the victim was beaten.
Baltimore County Police have charged both attackers with assault and are debating bumping up charges to a hate crime.
“I believe it should be a hate a crime because hate versus one versus another, it truly was hate,” said Vincent Rose, of Rosedale.
The 14-year-old girl in the case is charged as a juvenile, so her name isn’t being released.
Apparently, Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger is still weighing whether to file additional charges.