Trans Woman Assaulted At Baltimore McDonald’s

Joe.My.God explains:

Baltimore police have made two arrests in the brutal attack on a transgender woman at a McDonald’s, where staffers filmed the assault with their cell phones, then urged the assailants to flee before police arrived. The only person that appears to come to the victim’s aid is an elderly female customer, although the restaurant’s manager did attempt to pull the attackers away at one point. McDonald’s has released the below statement.

“We are shocked by the video from a Baltimore franchised restaurant showing an assault. This incident is unacceptable, disturbing and troubling. McDonald’s strives to be a safe, welcoming environment for everyone who visits. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of customers and employees in our restaurants. We are working with the franchisee and the local authorities to investigate this matter.”

The video is very disturbing, particularly the ending which involves seizures which make clear there was real damage done by so many blows to the head:

Petition to hold the McDonald’s employees accountable is here.

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  • James

    This is very hard to watch. It goes on and on and there is no one that steps in to end the violence. It would be silly to overlook not only the obvious trans-phobia (for lack of the correct term), but also the racial biases that played a roll. We all know that Micky-Ds does not employ America’s best, but seeing this is sickening. McDonald’s should be held financially responsible and all of those workers should be fired.

    Does anyone know the condition of the victim?

  • Nicoline

    According to the website of the Baltimore Sun last night, the victim was in “fair condition.”


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