In Maryland, Chrissy Polis, 22 years of age, was going to use the restroom at a McDonald’s. Upon attempting to enter the ladies room Chrissy was jumped by an 18 year old young adult along with a 14 year old girl. They began beating her until she was on the floor of the restaurant having an epileptic seizure. The Oscar winning video credit can be given to an ignorant, clearly hard working McDonald’s employee who gleefully laughed the entire time. This upstanding citizen has since been fired from the company; which to be quite frank McDonald’s and police department, he should be charged with accessory to assault. Apparently, not on their radar. One employee, ONE, came to Chrissy’s assistance trying to get the women off of her as well as an older woman who took care of her throughout her epileptic seizure.
Currently, this Maryland police department is reviewing the case to see if additional charges should be filed for it being a hate crime—currently the girls are just charged with assault. Polis states in her police interview that these are the types of incidents that make her not want to go outside. Again, with my bluntness, she is post op and an extremely passable transgendered female—I don’t even know how these women could tell, unless it is a small town where news travels fast.
Either way, completely inappropriate. We do not live in a world that people can take it into their own hands to violently attack an individual when they disagree with something, whether it be an outfit, a political stance, a lifestyle, etc. If you do not recall, in 1998 plastered all over the news was the Matthew Sheppard gay hate crime case. This poor young man was beaten to death due to his sexual orientation. It took until 2008 for the The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act to be signed. Ten years of thousands of reported hate crimes, and just now is there legislation that protects people. The legislation includes:
· removing the current prerequisite that the victim be engaging in a federally-protected activity, like voting or going to school;
· giving federal law enforcement agencies greater ability to engage in hate crimes investigations that local authorities choose not to pursue;
· providing $10 million in funding for 2008 and 2009 to help state and local agencies pay for investigating and prosecuting hate crimes; and by
· requiring the FBI to track statistics on hate crimes against transgender people.
Now can someone in law enforcement please explain to me why this case needs to be reviewed to see if it is a hate crime? Any takers out there? I doubt it.