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Transgender Woman Beaten by Two Women at Baltimore McDonalds (VIDEO)

Transgender Woman Beaten by Two Women at Baltimore McDonalds (VIDEO)

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.

The video was first posted on YouTube, which has taken it down after it went “viral”; the video appeared on the Drudge Report can still be seen at World Star Hip Hop.

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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Image of Chrissy Lee Polis taken from a screenshot from a video posted by BiteMyCandy on YouTube.

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4:47AM PST on Nov 23, 2011

Intolerance are the marks of an insecure and backward society. Americans all too often point to others when we look for the causes of our troubles. Greed, indifference, and ignorance are the downfall of free society. This is a shameful act of cowardice by not only the perpetrators but the bystanders as well if not more so.

10:29AM PDT on May 8, 2011

Glen Beck that gawdawful conservative that liberals love to hate, showed that vid on his program. He didn't even bother to mention "she" was a transgender. He was speaking about the cruelty of the act and what WE have become in our country as a society.

I'd like to thank Glen Beck for stepping up for the rights of others...Jesus hated the sin but loved the sinner.

Right Glen Beck also showed another video of a young black father visiting i believe it was NY perhaps...people came up to him and shot him dead for no reason...as he lay dying some hispanic men came out and just watched him in his last moment of life, not even offering to comfort him.

Horrible people..as more and more people reject God each generation we will see crime like we've never seen in this country.

11:34AM PDT on May 3, 2011

I need help organizing a boycott against McDonalds. As a Transgender Woman this video reveals the danger I am living in 24/7. I have not traveled in years because of my transition and the fear of discrimination at the airport security.
Yes, the harassment I am exposed to stems exclusively from good 'Christians'. It is them who have a real issue with another human being being true to themselves. Bigotry is one of America's character traits.

7:55PM PDT on May 1, 2011

this is disgusting, but no surprise considering how many religious nutcases are out there.

the maccas employee who refused to cal for help should be gaoled.

8:20PM PDT on Apr 28, 2011

You cannot hurt people you don't like on the street, anyone, like or not. Also, abnormal actions (good or bad) would be also examed in this public square. This is not a "risk free" society. It was not, and will be never lacking valiance.

6:02PM PDT on Apr 28, 2011

Brutal attacks on people and animals, tsunamis, earthquakes!
I feel like we're living in a MAD MAX movie! There's a lot of crazy s#@t going on!

8:22AM PDT on Apr 28, 2011

This amounts to a federal crime under civil rights violations. The cretins that attacked her should be prosecuted to the FULL EXTENT of the law. Same goes for those aiding in the crime I think she should also sue McDonalds for not training their personnel to be more responsible. Bullies like this should never be tolerated.

7:10AM PDT on Apr 28, 2011

Horrible. I feel bad for her. She didn't hurt anyone. This is a hate crime. I hope those 2 women are jailed.

5:28AM PDT on Apr 28, 2011

people who just look and do nothing while transgressions are being done to others should be ashamed of themselves and do not deserve to be called a member of any community! pray they wont become victims themselves of same crimes. those who perpetrated the crime/abuse should be locked up in prison and hope they get to re-think what they hava done, feel sorry and make amends.

8:16PM PDT on Apr 27, 2011

Wow I'd like to blame it on the c**p they eat, but the chicken or the egg came first. The girls who acted out brutalizing another human being, are deviants and a danger to society. Their IQ matches their food consumption.

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