McDonald's Employee Took Credit For Filming Brutal Beating In Baltimore Fast Food Joint

UPDATE: McDonald’s fires worker who videotaped brutal attack.

A McDonald’s worker has taken credit for filming and uploading to YouTube the latest viral video to capture a brutal assault at a fast food restaurant.

The employee, identified as Vernon Hackett on social network accounts, posted the video clip to his YouTube page earlier this week. According to his Facebook page, the 22-year-old Hackett, pictured at right, has worked for McDonald's since September 2009 .

The April 18 assault, seen below, took place at a McDonald’s location on 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, while charges are 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.

Police said the assault victim "appeared to be having a seizure" when officers arrived at the McDonald's at around 8 PM. The victim suffered cuts to the mouth and face during the attack and was transported by medics to Franklin Square Hospital for treatment, according to a police report (click to see page 1 and page 2).

The police report identifies the victim as 22-year-old Chrissy Lee Polis, who appears identical to Christopher Lee Polis, whose rap sheet includes convictions for disorderly conduct, property destruction, and prostitution, according to court records. The civil rights group Equality Maryland has identified the McDonald’s victim as a transgender woman.

Polis told police that she was walking to the restaurant’s bathroom when she “got into a verbal argument with two black females” who “began punching her in the face with their fists and pulling her hair.” A female bystander told cops that when she tried to break up the fight, the suspects punched her in the face, which “caused her to become disoriented.” Police noted that the woman, who declined medical treatment, had “redness around her right eye which is consistent with someone punching her in the face.” 

A manager at the Rosedale McDonald’s said she was “not allowed to speak to a reporter." In a corporate statement this afternoon, 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.”

As seen above, in a Facebook posting, Hackett contended that the woman seen getting beaten in the video was actually a man "dressed lik a woman" who got into a confrontation with female patrons when he refused to leave the women’s bathroom at the Baltimore-area eatery. Hackett claimed that the victim faked a seizure and, when cops arrived at the restaurant, “he got right up.”

In other Facebook messages sent Friday by Hackett (see below), he acknowledged filming the fight, denied the victim was transgendered, and claimed he had “No Hate For Anybody…No Matter Tha Gender/Race Or Sexual Preference.” Hackett exchanged messages with Facebook users who wrote him to express anger about the video and his gleeful play-by-play.

Hackett did not reply to TSG messages sent to his Twitter and Facebook pages, which he subsequently deleted late this morning. He also has deleted his YouTube channel.

Comments (164)

Blacks commit more violent crime against whites than against blacks. Forty-five percent of their victims are white, 43 percent are black, and when whites commit violent crime, only three percent of their victims are black. Please keep in mind while reading the statistics that blacks only represent approximately 13% of the population while committing over 70% of all violent crime.
I don't doubt your stats, but where did you get them from. I've kinda always suspected that but you typically hear that most crimes where white's are the victims are committed by whites.
THE Department of Justice. Google it. And wake up!
Don't be an asshat. I've obviously looked and I can't find your "facts" so please enlighten me.
how do you miss the racism in this attack??? If the attackers were white, AG Holder (along with ABC, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, CBS ) would be spending the weekend at this Mcdonalds!!!!!!!
Perhaps if the perpetrators were wearing paramilitary garb and wielding riot batons at a polling place, you would understand that the concept of black on white crime does not exist, just as Attorney General Holder appears to believe - and encourage.
Last year a young white woman was brutally attacked on an MTA bus in Baltimore by a group of black teenagers who screamed racial slurs while a whole bus watched this woman being beat into a coma. No racial hate crime charges were filed. Simply put if you're white and your being beat by an individual or group of another race and they are clearly screaming that they are beating you because you are white - then it's not a racial hate crime in our society. As for this latest incident - I'm calling corporate McDonalds and refusing to spend my money with them anymore and I'm citing this incident. I'm putting my money where my mouth is. Let the franchise owner suffer the consequence for his staffs behaviour. These morons in the store should be charged for inciting these animals attack - hollaring and laughing and then posting the footage on you tube. He should of handed this tape over to the police the minute they arrived - just like the person who filmed the rodney king beating - oh that's right that was a black guy with a long criminal record being viciously attacked by white cops - this is not the same this is some poor defenseless white transgender having the hell kicked out of them.by two black girls for using a stall in the ladies room - she doesn't matter on two counts - she's white and transgendered. And the manager is a piece of work - she is clearly having a seizure and he walks around her like she has the plague - doesn't even bend over to see if she is okay or to comfort her.
Wow, I hadn't heard about that. But you are correct. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnuS6C2CY_A
It is not explicit from the footage alone that ALL employees were involved in promoting this act of hateful violence. However severe disciplinary measures clearly need to be taken, those responsible accounted for, and dismissed under gross misconduct. The rest falls under federal battery and hate laws which I'm not familiar with, not being American, but standing by in shock and fear is NOT a reason to be convicted. Helping is heroic, and it is a valiant option to risk one's safety for another. It is not law to do so. It's simply decent and those doing so should be applauded. I wish more people would. Another thing worth noting is that I'm almost positive that McDonald's Training, if it's anything like other retail induction, will include instructing their employees NOT to endanger themselves and to alert the proper authorities who can deal with it under law. In situations like this, anyone risking themselves in breach of such employment safety 'contracts' are especially brave, in a world of tight litigation.
Not exactly heroic to separate the thugs from their helpless victim. It may not be law that they must help, but if they stood around while that happened to my child, I would deliver justice to them in person. And the lowlife thugs who did the deed would get justice x 10. If McDonalds does not fire all of that worthless staff, I will no longer be a McDonalds customer.