April 24, 2011

Teonna Brown - Teens Charged After Two-On-One Beat Down At McDonalds Goes Viral On Internet

Baltimore, MD (The Weekly Vice) - Another McDonald's brawl video has gone viral across the Internet - this time showing two women (ages 18 and 14) repeatedly punching and kicking a 22-year-old transgender female who suffers an on camera seizure as a result.

Teonna Monae Brown (right), an 18-year-old Rosedale woman and a 14-year-old unnamed female have been charged in the attack seen in the video above. The April 18 attack went on for several minutes while several McDonald's employees stood by laughing and filming the beat down.

The victim, 22-year-old Crissy Pollis (left) stated that she had gone into the restaurant to use the restroom when she was attacked by the two women.

After several minutes passed during the beating, an older woman attempts to intervene, however both girls continue to take shots at the victim until she inevitably goes into a seizure on the floor.

At that point McDonalds employees tell the girls that police are coming and the victim is suffering a seizure.

Brown was charged with one count of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault. The 14-year-old involved the attack has been charged as a juvenile.

The person responsible for filming and uploading the video to YouTube, 22-year-old Vernon Hackett, was fired from his job, according to Mitchell Mcpherson, the store's owner.

As the video played hundreds of thousands of times across various websites, demands for the case to be prosecuted as a hate crime have reached a fever pitch.

Although no motive was listed in the arrest affidavit, however a suspect in the case has reportedly been quoted as saying the attack occurred because of the victim's choice of bathrooms.

"It does appear that the victim was a transgender woman, and she was brutalized while people stood by and watched," said Lisa Polyak, vice president of the board of directors for Equality Maryland. "There's no excuse for that violence under any circumstances, but we would encourage police to investigate as a hate crime."

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

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