A 22-year-old transgender woman, Chrissy Lee Polis, was brutally attacked by an 18-year-old woman and a 14-year-old girl at a suburban Baltimore McDonalds on April 18th. As reported in On Top Magazine, the two women are seen “repeatedly kicking, punching, and dragging the victim.” While one McDonalds employee and another customer, an older woman, attempted to intervene, most of the witnesses stood “idly by and several men can be heard laughing in the background.” One McDonalds worker videotaped the assault.
Polis describes what happened in a FOX news interview:
Polis says she went inside the McDonald’s to use the bathroom and get something to eat. Polis says, one of the girls’ boyfriend tried to hit on her, that’s when the girls confronted her and became violent.
Polis says the girls became even more upset after the realized she was transsexual, continuing to attack her even dragging her by her wig across the floor.
A customer tried to step in, but was hit as well.
Polis, who was epilepsy, started having seizures after the assault. She asked a McDonald’s worker long before then to call for help, but she wouldn’t.
The Baltimore Sun provides more details of the horrific assault, including Polis’ response to seeing the video of her brutal treatment all over the Internet:
Polis, who said she had a sex-change operation to become a woman, said this isn’t the first time that she’s been picked on physically because of her sexual identity. She said she’s been subjected to beatings and even sexual assaults.
She said seeing herself all over the Internet and all over the news has been “like walking out of the closet all over again.” Polis is concerned that the public attention could trigger more violence — and worries it could hurt her chances of getting a job. “I want to cry, but I need to hold my head up,” she said.
Polis has said that she plans to file a legal suit against McDonalds and speak out against hate crimes. As the Baltimore Sun says, Polis, who is white, “believes race may have also been a factor in her attack — both the assailants were black, according to the police report.”
Gay rights group Equality Maryland has also called on officials to investigate the case as a hate crime. Says the group’s Lisa Polyak:
It does appear that the victim was a transgender woman, and she was brutalized while people stood by and watched. There’s no excuse for that violence under any circumstance, but we would encourage police to investigate as a hate crime.
The Baltimore Sun also quotes Polyak as saying “‘This is why we need a statewide law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression.’”
McDonalds has called the attack “shocking” and says that the assault was “unacceptable, disturbing and troubling.”
Both suspects are being prosecuted by the police and “appropriate action” is being taken against the other McDonalds employees. The employee who videotaped the assault against Polis has been fired. But what about the bystanders who simply stood by; who laughed?
In the video below, Polis speaks out about the attack against.
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