Friday, April 22, 2011

Violence in another McDonalds

The video shows another beating at a Baltimore County McDonald's, and it's gone viral with hundreds of thousands of views on various websites.

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 and customer try to stop the attack.
Others can be heard laughing, and men are just standing by and watching.

At the end of the video, one of the attackers lands a 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 14-year-old girl has been charged as a juvenile, while charges were pending against an 18-year-old woman.
The victim suffered cuts to her mouth and face, and a police report said she was in "fair" condition.
The report classifies the attack as a "second degree assault" – one of the suspects said that the fight was "with a woman over using a bathroom."

State's Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger said the racial dynamics of the incident – the attackers are black, and the victim is white – could result in hate crime charges.
"We just received this case, and the police department is continuing their investigation," Shellenberger said. "If there is evidence that the crime was racially motivated, we will take a look at those charges and see if we meet those elements. We have the ability, if the facts are there, to upgrade the charges at a later date."

As the video begins you see the two women near a bathroom door kicking and hitting a woman who is lying on the ground.
An employee repeatedly tries to separate them, but the attackers continue the attack and kick the victim's head. People yell, "Stop! Stop,"but it does no good, and others can be heard laughing.
About halfway through the video, the attackers rip a wig off the victim and drag her by her hair to the front door.
That is where the victim is sitting before a blow to the head causes an apparent seizure.
Throughout the attack, the employee who is filming believes that the victim may be having a seizure,  yells, "She having a seizure, yo. … Police on their way. Y'all better get out of here."
Police have identified the assault victim as a 22-year-old woman "who appeared to be having a seizure" when officers arrived at the McDonald's.

In a corporate statement, McDonald’s said it was “shocked by the video from a Baltimore franchise,” and called the incident “unacceptable, disturbing and troubling.” The firm added, “We are working with the franchisee and the local authorities to investigate this matter.”

The employee who filmed the attack (but didn't help the victim) says that the woman seen getting beaten in the video was actually a male cross-dresser who got into a confrontation with the two female attackers when he refused to leave the women’s bathroom. He also says that the victim faked a seizure and, when cops arrived at the restaurant, “he got right up.”

You watch and decide for yourself.