McDonald’s has fired the employee who recorded the violent beating of a customer at a Baltimore County restaurant earlier this week.
In a statement on Saturday, franchise owner Mitchell McPherson said, “My first and foremost concern is with the victim,” the Baltimore Sun reported.
“I’m as shocked and disturbed by this assault as anyone would be. The behavior displayed in the video is unfathomable and reprehensible.”
A police report identified the victim as Chrissy Lee Polis, 22, who appears identical to Christopher Lee Polis, according to Smoking Gun.
“No person ever deserves to be a victim of violence regardless of their gender identity or presentation. We encourage the State’s Attorney General to investigate this as a hate crime based on gender identity,” said Chuck Butler, Equality Maryland Board President, in a statement on Friday.
The 14-year-old girl has been charged as a juvenile in the attack and charges are pending against an 18-year-old woman.
Update: Police have also charged Teonna Monae Brown, 18, with one count of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault in the attack on Polis.