A video of a vicious beating at a Baltimore County McDonald’s restaurant went viral Friday, garnering hundreds of thousands of views on websites and prompting the fast-food giant to issue a statement condemning the incident.
The video shows two women — one of them a 14-year-old girl — repeatedly kicking and punching the 22-year-old victim in the head, as an employee of the Rosedale restaurant and a patron try to intervene. Others can be heard laughing, and men appear to be standing idly by.
Toward the end of the video, one of the suspects lands a punishing blow to the victim’s head, and she appears to have a seizure. A man’s voice tells the women to run because police are coming.
The three-minute clip was apparently first posted on YouTube, then taken down by administrators who said it violated the site’s policies. But it popped back up on other sites and was ultimately linked from the popular Drudge Report, which gave it top billing for much of the day.
By early evening, the video had received more than 500,000 views on one site alone.
County police confirmed that the attack occurred April 18 in the 6300 block of Kenwood Ave. Police said the 14-year-old girl has been charged as a juvenile, while charges were pending against an 18-year-old woman.
The report classifies the attack as a “second degree assault” ….
An attack that caused bleeding and a seizure?
Did Mickey D’s at least give her a free happy meal to go along with it?
And remember folks, the reason why transpeople in Maryland and elsewhere shouldn’t have public accommodations protections is because they might assault someone in the bathroom.
And, of course, a usual suspect from another disgusting incident in Maryland does what usual suspects from that other disgusting incident in Maryland do:
Antidiscrimination laws do not protect individuals from violent attacks, and it’s foolish to suggest otherwise.
To be fair, there’s not much daylight between that observation and my long-held position that hate-crime laws don’t actually protect anyone.
Nevertheless, we don’t know what effect Maryland having a trans-inclusive, public accommodations-inclusive civil rights law for the last ten years might possibly have had on the attitudinal development of people who, ten years ago, were respectively four and eight years old, now do we?
Oddly enough, the only question I’m really left with is: Has Morgan Meneses-Sheets ever had to use the ladies’ room at that McDonald’s location?