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Women Indicted On Hate Crime Charges In McDonald’s Attack

TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — It’s a crime that shocked, angered and outraged people across the country.  Now the two teenagers accused of beating a transgender woman are charged with a hate crime.

Kelly McPherson explains the new charges.

It’s both hard to watch and unbelievable.  Two young women dragged, beat and kicked a transgender woman in a Rosedale McDonald’s while several employees stood by and laughed.

“Really, to tell you the truth, they just seemed like they wanted to pick a fight that night.  They really did,” said victim Chrissy Polis.

“While she was having a seizure, they were beating her in her face and in her head and people were just recording it, allowing it to happen,” said Polis’ mother, Renee Carr.

For the past month, the state’s attorney of Baltimore County has examined the video and other evidence to determine if the attackers should face hate crime charges.

“There’s a lot of information out there concerning the situation of the victim and that’s something that we need to look into to see if that was the motivation,” an official said last month.

Tionna Brown, 18, is now facing a hate crime charge on top of felony assault for the beating.  Her 14-year-old female accomplice faces the same charges in juvenile court.

“She deserves everything that’s coming to her and I was shocked about the 14-year-old,” Carr said.

Brown and the 14-year-old also face two additional assault charges for attacking people who intervened, including Vicki Thoms.

“I have never in my life seen anything like that.  It was like they were going to kill her.  I was afraid they were going to kill her and that’s why I stepped in,” Thoms said.

Conviction of a hate crime could mean up to 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

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  1. Free2speak2 says:

    NOW THEY WILL KNOW HOW IT FEELS TO BE HATING. THEY CAN PROVE HOW WELL THEY CAN FIGHT BEHIND BARS. HA HA HA!!!!!!!!

  2. Kurt says:

    Good!

    Although I don’t truly believe in the whole hate crime thing, I am happy to see this woman get indicted. No one should be treated in such a way regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, etc.

  3. charles says:

    Both deserve a long prison term. Do I think they will get it……NO.

  4. D says:

    Some people belong in the zoo, ie Teonna Brown & 14 yr old trash.

  5. It's about time says:

    About time someone gets charged under the hate crime law. Make an example of Miss Brown and come down on her hard like she did her victim. No mercy from the court, she is a repeat offender, lock her up like the animal she is. Keep her caged as long as possible, along with that little juvenile offender they call a person.

  6. baltlaw says:

    The rule which protects the identity of juveniles should be changed. I’d like to know who this 14 year old punk is. Why should she deserve to be anonymous? She should be publicly embarrassed and humiliated for her behavior, not protected.

    1. Denise says:

      If they are grown enough to committ the crime, their identity should be revealed. How many times does juveniles have to committ any act that is against the law before people are warned of their irresponsible ways and whi they are.

      1. Denise says:

        If they are grown enough to committ the crime, their identity should be revealed. How many times does juveniles have to committ any act that is against the law before people are warned of their irresponsible ways and who they are

  7. Free2speak2 says:

    THE 14 YR OLD WANTS TO BE GROWN. SHE LAUGHED ABOUT WHAT SHE DID & SHE SHOULD BE TREATED LIKE AN ADULT TOO.

  8. primetime says:

    pitbulls should not be euthanized for being pitbulls that to me is also a hate crime. these two people made the conscious decision to act the way they did. there is no place for that kind of behavior in our society and they should be removed from it never to return. some people will never be a contributor to the society we live in and these are two prime examples so why give them anything in return

  9. dekorshae says:

    What a wonderful society we live in that instead of the employees offering help with getting these 2 girls off the victim they decided to pick up a camera phone instead. Everything does not need to go viral IDIOTS…..be a human being! They all need to feel some sort of punishment, from the employees to the fighters.

    1. pigeon says:

      AMEN. Since the day this occurred I have refused to go into a McDonald’s, even the ones in WalMart. I will continue to withhold my business (not that it amounted to that much) until such time that every employee on duty at the time in that facility are fired! I can tell you I’m having withdraw symptoms but my health is benefiting. No one has better milk shake dipping french fries! And I’m 70 (in the process of regressing I think).

      1. CentralCaliGrrrl says:

        Pigeon,
        You’re awesome!

  10. About time! says:

    I am Black and I say it’s about time that Blacks who beat up Whites or other groups because of who they are get charged with hate crimes too. For a couple of centuries, Black people were beaten and killed because of the color of their skin (not to mention enslaved) in America and nothing could be done about it until the Civil Rights Act and Hate Crime Statutes were put into place. However, it was always hypocritcally and unfairly used only against bigotted violent white people. No other race was ever charged with hate crimes and this undermined the very spirit and meaning of Hate Crime Laws. Unfortunately, it took this beating to be carried out in Baltimore County for these hate crime charges to be filed because Baltimore County is well known to not tolerate violent crimes from Blacks–in fact, the moratorium against the death penalty in Maryland was put into effect by O’Malley because mostly Black people were being given death penalty judgements with most of these cases being in Baltimore County. If this beating had happened in Baltimore City, I’ll bet we would not be seeing any hate crime charges being filed. It’s a real shame that our system of justice is still so racist. Anyway, I’m glad these two uncivilized ghetto savages have been appropriately charged with a hate crimes which is exactly what this horrible public crime was. Imagine we live in a society where these two ghetto ho’s actually carried out this crime in a public place with video tapping being done. I can only hope that the judge takes this into account that the two savage perps didn’t even fear arrest and jail time while carrying out this senseless beating for all to see.

  11. JLP45 says:

    WELL SAID ABOUT TIME: these punks were banging on a 90 lb person and remember in the video the person was down and beat and they came back for round 2.(THAT’S WHERE THE HATE COMES IN) No body needs to be beat like that and there was no apparent reason for it but HATE! , Cannot excuse or take up for people like this. Next time could be your sister or mother or anyone they deem different and they think deserves a beating !!!!!

    1. space oddity says:

      You are right, and the fact that they beat her while on the ground blows away the B.S. self defense cop-out.

      Maybe both offenders should be smeared with bacon grease and put in a pen with a few malcontent pit bulls.

  12. chelsea says:

    Chrissy Polis is a good friend of mine i m glad to see the law sees the truth in this case and the right thing was done i m prod to call Chrissy Polismy friend hre is a sweet and kind and loveing women and did not deserve this at all

  13. Squaregrouper says:

    Honest question- Is this the first time an African American has been charged with a hate crime in Maryland? Hate crime charges are usually reserved for white on black crimes.

  14. fraught says:

    Youngsters seldom use their brain. They warned the perps about the cops coming while unwittingly filming the very evidence that will put their peers behind bars. We are surrounded by future rocket scientists!

    1. space oddity says:

      They are the future entitlement class, no sense of right-wrong

  15. Jessica W says:

    Seeing this video honestly makes me sick to my stomach. What kind of people think and act this way? I’m sure when it comes right down to it, the 14 year old is going to get a slap on the wrist and thrown right back out on the streets. This is uncalled for, everyone involved should spend some serious time behind bars, and undergo psychiatric counseling regularly so they can learn to control their outrageous and violent tempers. I hope they get what they deserve.

  16. Ronald G Miner Jr says:

    We need to build a fence around the city and start throwing guns and ammo over the top. Maybe they ghetto trash will just kill enough that we no longer have to worry about crime in Baltimore. These “people” are animals and need to be treated as such.

  17. Miles Livene says:

    hope they get whats coming to them

  18. Had enough says:

    The reason that these young people do the things that they do is because they know that the system will let them off because they are minors. A message need to be sent to these little monsters that if you”DO THE CRIME – YOU WILL DO THE TIME.” There are so many teenagers out there doing criminal acts and all they get is a slap on the hand. It is time that their arse be shoved right in jail along with all the other criminals. I hope they both get time!!!

  19. Can't Fix Stupid says:

    What about the other animal that was with her? Both need to be put in cages. Neither should be allowed to walk amongst decent people ever again.

  20. Pooh says:

    I agree with you totally Torrie on your last remark. I have since stopped going to McDonald’s too. If the Manager was not fired, he should have been. The Manager should have been there in the beginning to defuse the situation immediately. I am hoping McDonalds will have to pay the victims some restitution.

    The two criminals in this case, I know they both are scared now, feeling real stupid, wish you had went to a different restaurant don’t you. The 14 year old was the follower, she will learn (hopefully). The 18 year old, dumb ass. This is the beginning of your life, in prison. Lets see how many fights you get in and win in prison. You choose this life dummy.

  21. Dan Marecki says:

    They should be charged with attempted murder as well. If the idiot recording this beating hadn’t said the cops were coming, they would have continued. Even as Miss Polis was having a seizure, they kept beating her, showing they were aiming to kill. Should have had their hair pulled out as well – but wait – pulling an ugly horse-hair wig off doesn’t hurt as much as having it ripped from your scalp! Fry ’em!!!

  22. Dan Marecki says:

    They should be charged with attempted murder as well. If the idiot recording this beating hadn’t said the cops were coming, they would have continued. Even as Miss Polis was having a seizure, they kept beating her, showing they were aiming to kill. Should have had their hair pulled out as well – but wait – pulling an ugly horse-hair wig off doesn’t hurt as much as having it ripped from your scalp! Fry ’em!!! And furthermore, this “juvenile” acted like an adult and should be treated as such. Let’s give her name. And when she’s back in a public school, I’d want to know if one of my children were in her class.

  23. Det. W.S. says:

    Hmmm transgendered woman means it was a MAN they beat up. Cry me a river, don’t try to use the little girls room when you’re a 22 year old man whose been arrested on numerous occasions. Let’s see case search Defendant Name: POLIS, CHRISTOPHER L and everyone will find their answers. Been arrested for Destruction of Property multiple times, Prostitution, ASSAULT, Disorderly Conduct, Theft, and so on. This man is no better then the 2 women that beat him up. The seizure was also fake as noted by bystanders.

    1. outlawsegregatedmultistallbathrooms says:

      you are an ignorant doofus

    2. CentralCaliGrrrl says:

      Det. A-hole,
      As everyone else has already pointed out — no ones deserves what they did to her/him. NO ONE!
      With an attidude like yours, you better hope karma doesn’t send a beating your way!
      Have a nice day,
      Yvonne

  24. tammy says:

    i dont think it about hate crime i think he should never went in the female bathroom a man have no busy in a female bathroom i dont care if you have a sex change i think they should haved a bathroom for that type of people i sorry to say he didnt have to get beat up like that but now he know not to go in the female bathroom just cause u have a sex change people think they just can go in females bathroom but that not right for us females or kids. make a bath room for them stop call it a hate crime because if it was me i dont know what would happen

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