Hate crime, and petition

After an unidentified transgender woman tried to use the bathroom at a Baltimore McDonald’s, two patrons started attacking her in full view of other customers and employees. These employees can be heard on the video shouting words of encouragement to the attackers. It’s time we DEMAND that justice be served and that EVERY McDonald’s employee involved in this brutal hate crime be held accountable.

The April 18 assault took place at a McDonald’s location in the 6300 block of Kenwood Avenue in Rosedale, Maryland, a Baltimore suburb, according to the Baltimore County Police Department. A 14-year-old girl has been charged as a juvenile in connection with the assault, charges are still pending against an 18-year-old woman. “The incident remains under investigation and the State’s Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case,” added investigators.

Not surprisingly, McDonald’s lacks standard policies for protecting transgender individuals, despite a decent record of workplace discrimination protections for gays and lesbians. And while the company has pledged to “take appropriate action” against all employees involved in this heinous event, just one has been punished.

This is not enough! If McDonald’s employees stood by and encouraged this attack, they should be fired. Please sign this petition in hopes that justice can and will prevail for this transgender woman.

Also please contact the Maryland States Attorney’s Office — Violent Crimes Division at 410-887-6610 and express your concerns about this matter.

For more, and to sign the petition, go here.

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  1. Small update: the transgender woman has been identified and the 18 year has been charged.

    There’s a video of the attack. It’s hard to watch it, because it’s being partially blocked, and because it is awful. You have to go to another site to see the whole thing; I tried one and it said I had to download a toolbar, which I didn’t want to do. But you can see some of it here:

    There is someone saying firmly “Stop, stop.” One of the attackers kicks the woman, who is on the floor, several times.

    I think that the woman in blue and black was trying to help; there’s also a video on Huff Post of another part of the attack with another person intervening. I would guess it is pretty risky to try to break up a beating like this, and it may be that some of the people around showed some courage.

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