Transgender woman brutally beaten at Baltimore McDonald's | Breaking News | Wisconsin Gazette - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) News
A transgender woman was brutally beaten at a Baltimore-area McDonald's on April 18. A restaurant employee videotaped the attack, which was viewed by over half a million people after being posted on You Tube and other sites.
The employee, identified as Vernon Hackett (pictured) on social network accounts, posted the video clip to his YouTube page earlier this week. He said the victim got into a confrontation with female patrons over using the women’s bathroom at the fast-food restaurant.
The three-minute video shows two young women repeatedly kicking and punching the 22-year-old victim in the head, as a restaurant employee and patron try to intervene. People observing the attack are apparently laughing.
Hackett is filming throughout the attack and does not intervene. But when the victim appears to have a seizure after a final blow to the head, he warns the attackers that they’d better clear out because police are on the way.
Police say officers who responded found a woman who appeared to be having a seizure. Witnesses told police she had been beaten.
Baltimore County police have charged a 14-year-old girl as a juvenile in the attack and charges are pending against an 18-year-old woman.
Equality Maryland has called on the state’s attorney general to investigate the case as a hate crime. Police and prosecutors said they did not know whether the victim is a transgender woman.
“It does appear that the victim was a transgender woman, and she was brutalized while people stood by and watched,” a member of Equality Maryland’s board was quoted as saying. “There's no excuse for that violence under any circumstances, but we would encourage police to investigate as a hate crime.”
As the video spread online, McDonald’s acknowledged the attack had occurred in a Baltimore-area restaurant and said it was working with local police.
“We are shocked by the video from a Baltimore franchised restaurant showing an assault. This incident is unacceptable, disturbing and troubling,” the company said in a statement posted on its website. “Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers and employees in our restaurants. We are working with the franchisee and the local authorities to investigate this matter.”
The victim suffered cuts to her mouth and face, according to published reports. A police report said she was in fair condition at Franklin Square Hospital Center.
As of April 22, there were no updates on her condition.