Saturday, April 23, 2011

Woman Beaten in Baltimore McDonalds

We at TransMaryland are completely disgusted at the appalling assault that took place in a suburban Baltimore McDonald's on April 18th, 2011. Details of which went viral on Friday April 22, 2011 as news of the attack, sparked by the horrific images captured on video were posted online.

Our first concern is for the well being of the victim in this violent assailment. We are encouraged to hear she received treatment from a local hospital and none of her injuries were reported to be life threatening. Our thoughts go out to her for her continued recovery, not just from the physical injuries she received, yet from the deep trauma one has incurred from a victim of such acts of violence. The members of our community know oh too well the emotional scars it produces. We pray she can bring a community of healing around her through what is to be assuredly a very difficult time for her.

To the incident and the video. We wish not to repost the images here.

There is much discussion and debate swirling around the release of the story and its accompanying video. TransMaryland wishes not to muddle through the speculation  and accusations of responsibility for this attack. We will merely firmly state that Maryland's Hate Crimes were enacted for the protections of our citizens, however, an assault is an assault, regardless of the victim's status as a member of a protected class. We are encouraged at the relative rapid rate in which this incident is being investigated by the proper authorities. We are confident that the public statement released by the McDonald's Corporation is sincere in its statement.

Let's all remember there is a victim here. Our concerns should be on preventing that from happening again.

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