• Petitioned Scott D. Shellenberger

This petition was delivered to:

State Attorney for Baltimore County
Scott D. Shellenberger
Supervisor, U.S. Communications
Ashlee Yingling
Baltimore County Police Department
Lizzie Roscoe
Administrative Coordinator
Theresa Riley
Director, U.S. Communications
Danya Proud
Senior Director
Lisa Howard
Senior Manager
Lisa McComb
Becca Hary

Demand that the employees on duty at McDonald's be held responsible in the beating of a trans woman

    1. Adrian Leigh
    2. Petition by

      Adrian Leigh

      Baltimore, MD


After an unidentified transgender woman tried to use the bathroom at a Baltimore McDonald's, two patrons started attacking her in full view of other customers and employees. These employees can be heard on the video shouting words of encouragement to the attackers. It's time we DEMAND that justice be served and that EVERY McDonald's employee involved in this brutal hate crime be held accountable.

The April 18 assault took place at a McDonald’s location in the 6300 block of  Kenwood Avenue in Rosedale, Maryland, a Baltimore suburb, according to the Baltimore County Police Department. A 14-year-old girl has been charged as a juvenile in connection with the assault, charges are still pending against an 18-year-old woman. “The incident remains under investigation and the State’s Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case,” added investigators.

Not surprisingly, McDonald's lacks standard policies for protecting transgender individuals, despite a decent record of workplace discrimination protections for gays and lesbians. And while the company has pledged to “take appropriate action” against all employees involved in this heinous event, just one has been punished.

This is not enough! If McDonald's employees stood by and encouraged this attack, they should be fired. Please sign this petition in hopes that justice can and will prevail for this transgender woman.

Also please contact the Maryland States Attorney's Office --  Violent Crimes Division at 410-887-6610 and express your concerns about this matter.

Recent signatures


    1. Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      McDonald's suspect was indicted on assault and hate crimes charges

    2. Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Chrissy Polis, the transgender woman who was attacked met the woman who saved her life. Via Bilerico Project

    3. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Could this tragic assault provide a turning point for transgender activism in Maryland? -

    4. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Maryland advocates hopeful that this horrible assault reignites support for statewide transgender-inclusive anti-discrimination laws -

    5. Changing McDonald’s Dangerous Status Quo on Transgender Violence

      Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      More than 140,000 Change.org members have petitioned McDonald’s to dismiss the employees who encouraged two women as they violently attacked a transgender woman in a Baltimore location. But pressuring for punishment for these individuals doesn’t...

    6. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      The Assault on Chrissy Lee Polis: The Not-So-Innocent Bystanders -

    7. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Metro Weekly: The horrifying attack on Chrissy Polis may be the moment when the call for equality is heard -

    8. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      The Southern Poverty Law Center looks at this vicious assault -

    9. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Guardian: This brutal act of violence against a transgender woman shows how badly the United States lags on trans rights -

    10. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      The two assailants who've been arrested in this attack are denied bail by local authorities -

    11. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      The witness who intervened to stop this assault -- a woman named Vicky Thoms -- is praised by activists and media for having the courage to stop this fight -

    12. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Powerful article by Dana Beyer at Bilerico on how things are changing in Maryland in the wake of this tragic attack -

    13. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Fire Dog Lake covers hideous hate crime at McDonald's -

    14. Reached 100 signatures
    15. Adrian Leigh
      Petition Organizer

      McDonald's has not yet released any further statement, other than the one made on their website almost immediately following this attack. That is what is posted below.

    16. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      McDonald's Corporation has formally responded to the Change.org campaign:

      McDonald's Corporation:

      There's no room for violence under the Golden Arches. We strongly condemn the videotaped assault in one of our Baltimore franchised restaurants. Working with the authorities, we now have more facts, and we want to share our actions with you.

      First and foremost, our thoughts are with the victim during this time.

      Our franchisee is investigating the behavior and response of his employees. Action has been taken, and the crew member who made the video is no longer employed by his organization. Appropriate action regarding other employees will take place as warranted.

      We want to reassure our customers that your neighborhood McDonald's is a safe, welcoming place for everyone. We share our customers' concern. We are doing everything possible to make sure the right thing is done.

    17. Reached 50 signatures
    18. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Hundreds gather outside of this Maryland McDonald's to protest trans violence -

    19. Reached 40 signatures
    20. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      For anyone in the D.C./Baltimore area tonight, there will be a rally and vigil outside of the McDonald's where this attack took place, at 7pm ET -

    21. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      SF Weekly covers this petition, quoting 's Eden James: "Let's hope that this attack at a McDonald's franchise underscores the importance of providing employees adequate training to confront harassment based on gender identity and gender expression." -

    22. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      Police Release Suspect's Name, Charges In McDonald's Beating

    23. Reached 30 signatures
    24. Why I Started a Campaign after Viewing the McDonald's Attack Video

      Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      When I first saw the video, I was brought to tears.
      A young woman in her early 20s, beaten as she tries to use a restroom at a McDonald's in my home state of Maryland. Several assailants punch her, knock her to the ground, drag her across the floor...

    25. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Betsy Soto BRIDGEPORT, CT
      • about 3 years ago

      The workers who watched, filmed, videotaped that attack, but never called the police need to be charged. They encouraged the incident (you can hear them on the video). Even when the victim started having a seizure, you can HEAR on the video a male worker telling the criminals that they better leave before the police gets there. The worker was looking out for the criminals and telling them that the police had been notified and telling them to flee during the seizure. McDonalds totally avoided this situation. I would like to know whether McDonalds has made the effort to FIRE those irresponsible employees.

    • Claire Gyurkikiss ST. LOUIS, MO
      • over 3 years ago

      Those employees are sick.

    • Garrick Swartz LAUGHLIN, NV
      • over 3 years ago

      It is amazing the animosity some people hold just because someone is different. She didn't choose to be hit on by their "boyfriends". I wish Chrissy the best of luck and may she overcome this hateful attack.

    • Laura Elcombe MISSISSAUGA, CANADA
      • over 3 years ago

      That's ridiculous. This is such a blatant denial of basic rights and basic human decency.

    • Johannah Smith LAWRENCE, KS
      • over 3 years ago

      This makes me sick. How could someone stand by and watch an innocent person be attacked like this, regardless of the fact that she is transgendered? This is a hate crime and I sincerely hope that the attackers, as well as the employees who stood by and rooted for them, are held accountable. Stay strong, Chrissy. You have a lot of people behind you.


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