Teens Charged With Hate Crime in McDonald’s Transgender Beating

Monday, May 16, 2011  |  Updated 3:55 PM EDT
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Hate Crime Charges in McD’s Transgender Beating

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A Baltimore County grand jury indicted two teens in a beating of a transgender woman at a McDonald's restaurant that was caught on video.

The indictment returned Monday charges 18-year-old Teonna Brown with assault and hate crime in the attack on Chrissy Lee Polis, who identifies herself as transgender, at the restaurant last month. She is also charged with assaulting a customer and a McDonald's employee who tried to intervene.

A 14-year-old girl is facing the same charges in juvenile court. Both are being held.

A videotape of the April 18 beating posted online shows a woman being attacked repeatedly while an employee and customer try to stop them and the woman apparently having a seizure.

The State's Attorney's office says after a review of the evidence, no one else will be charged.

The video of the beating can be watched at LiveLeak.com.


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