Article from the Daily Mail – Headline by Helen
By PAUL BENTLEY of the Daily Mail
Last updated at 7:54 PM on 23rd April 2011
- McDonald’s says incident is ‘disturbing and troubling’
- Police consider charging black girls with racist hate crime
The victim brutally beaten to the point of having a seizure in McDonald’s as staff passively watched on is believed to be a transgender woman, it has been revealed.
Shocking footage captured the horrifying assault as McDonald’s staff in Rosedale, Baltimore, idly stood by. The assault, which happened on April 18, was so severe the 22-year-old victim had a seizure in the restaurant.
The attack was believed to have been sparked after an argument over using a bathroom in the restaurant.
‘It does appear that the victim was a transgender woman, and she was brutalized while people stood by and watched,’ Lisa Polyak, vice president of the board of directors for Equality Maryland, told the Baltimore Sun.
The LGBT group is now calling on police to investigate the attack as a hate crime.
During the brutal attack, which lasted for several minutes, the young white girl was repeatedly kicked in the head and stamped on by two black girls in the fast food store.
Staff stood by and even laughed as the attackers grabbed the girl’s hair and dragged her across the floor.
After shocking footage of the assault spread across the internet, with one site alone receiving 450,000 views by mid-afternoon, police said a 14-year-old girl had been charged as a juvenile, while charges were pending against an 18-year-old woman.
While the incident remains under investigation, local police told the Baltimore Sun they were looking into whether or not there was racist motivation.
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