Baltimore, MD – Bond has been denied for Teonna Monae Brown, one of the two teens charged with beating Chrissy Lee Polis in a Baltimore McDonald’s.
The attack was filmed by a McDonald’s employee who has since been fired, but not before he posted the video on his Facebook and found out the hard way that most of society did not find the act as hilarious as he did and do not condone the actions of Brown and her 14-year-old friend.
I don’t normally like to post about the same story in one week, but more information has been released regarding this incident, including Brown’s name, mugshot and the charges against her that include three first and second-degree assault charges.
The other bit of info comes from The Smoking Gun who uncovered that Brown was arrested for assaulting a woman last year, in the exact same restaurant. After watching Brown’s activities in the videotaped assault of Chrissy Polis, that doesn’t surprise me in the least.
Also revealed is the older woman who tries to step in and help Polis. You can see her in the video as Polis wraps her arm around her legs in a desperate attempt to keep Brown and her accomplice from dragging her out of the store by her hair. That woman is 53-year-old Vicky L. Thoms and she received a punch to the face for her efforts, as well as the adoration and praise of most who watch her selfless actions.
“I don’t know why people are calling me a hero,” Thoms said. “I just did what I felt was right. What would you do if you saw the same thing? How would you feel if you were being attacked and other people just sat back and watched it happen? The whole incident makes me sick.”
She added that she was not aware that Polis was transgender at the time and it wouldn’t have mattered to her is she had. Even with a bad back that has two metal rods and eight screws inserted in her spine, she would do it again. “It’s about human decency,” Thoms said. “I just keep having visions of someone nearly getting killed just for trying to go to the bathroom in McDonald’s. What has this world come to?” Thoms also plans on following through with charges (her getting punched is one of the second degree assault charges filed against Brown) against both teens to ensure this doesn’t happen to someone else.
The owner of the McDonald’s fired Vernon Hackett, the person who taped the incident while acting like a jackass and stated that other employees there that day may be facing similar consequences. “My first and foremost concern is with the victim. I’m as shocked and disturbed by this assault as anyone would be. The behaviour displayed in the video is unfathomable and reprehensible,’ said Mitchell McPherson.
Whether or not hate crime charges will be filed is unknown (and to be honest, I don’t think this attack had anything to do with Polis being white or transgender), but Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz issued the following statement:
“Last week’s beating of Chrissy Lee Polis in Rosedale once again reminds us of our responsibility as citizens to do all that we can to ensure that our neighborhoods provide a safe and welcoming environment for residents and visitors. Although this vicious attack was an isolated incident and in no way reflects on the Baltimore County or Rosedale communities, it does serve as a wake-up call that we all have a role to play in moving society forward. It is the conversations around our dinner tables and the casual chatter among friends that develop patterns of behavior. Each and every one of us plays a role in deciding what kind of a society we deserve and what kind of a society we will help create. I have every confidence that Police Chief Jim Johnson and State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger will address this matter professionally, as they address all issues of public safety in Baltimore County. But it is not only their responsibility to make us safe and secure. That responsibility is shared by each of us who call Baltimore County home.”
Agree with the guy 100 percent. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If you are apathetic to the events around you, then you live in the society you deserve.Tags: Baltimore, Beating, Chrissy Lee Polis, Crime, Hate Crime, Juvenile, McDonalds, Teonna Monae Brown, transgender, Vicky L. Thoms