Two young women suspected of beating a transgender woman in a McDonald’s restaurant may be charged with a hate crime in addition to the assault, according to recent news reports from WAMU and CNN. The victim is currently recovering from her injuries.
The incident occurred in the McDonald’s in Rosedale, just outside Baltimore. Rescue workers and police arrived on the scene to find the victim having a seizure. Video from the incident appears to show the two suspects beating, punching, and kicking the woman, while other patrons urged them to leave before the police arrived.
Prosecutors have already charged the 14-year-old suspect with second-degree assault, and she will be tried as a juvenile. The second suspect, who is 18 years old, was charged with one count of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault. Prosecutors are also considering charging both women with a hate crime after they admitted that the fight began over the transgender victim’s use of the ladies’ bathroom at the restaurant. Protestors outside the Rosedale McDonald’s seem to support the hate crime charges, according to WAMU.
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