The victim of a brutal attack in a Baltimore-area McDonald’s has spoken out about the incident, telling the Baltimore Sun that it was absolutely a hate crime.
“They said, ‘That’s a dude, that’s a dude and she’s in the female bathroom,’ ” said Chrissy Lee Polis, 22, who said she stopped at the Rosedale restaurant to use the restroom. “They spit in my face.”
Video of Monday’s attack was taken by an employee of the McDonald’s, and it has gone viral, with hundreds of thousands of views online since. The Sun reported that the restaurant has fired the employee who took the footage, which shows two females — one of them a 14-year-old girl — repeatedly kicking and punching Polis in the head as an employee and a patron try to intervene. Others can be heard laughing, and men are seen standing idly by.
Polis, who said she had a sex-change operation to become a woman, told the Sun that 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.”