Teonna Brown, one of the two women seen attacking a transgender woman in a Baltimore McDonalds, will be facing serious legal charges after a grand jury indictment Monday. Equality Maryland sent over a statement shortly after the grand jury's decision was announced that read, "Equality Maryland applauds the Baltimore County State's Attorney's decision to indite [sic] the two women who brutally attacked Chrissy Polis on charges that include hate crime [sic] and first and second-degree assault."
According to information obtained from the Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office, Brown was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and a hate crime for the attack on Polis. Brown also was charged with second-degree assault charges regarding Vicki Thoms, who tried to intervene during the attack, and Darrick Jones.
In addition to Brown, the Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office states that a female juvenile has been charged in the Juvenile Court with the identical charges as the adult. Both individuals are currently detained. According to the office, no other individuals will be charged "with crimes arising out of this incident."
Video of the attack went viral in late April shortly after the Maryland state senate refused to hear legislation providing housing, credit and employment protections for transgender people. The bill had already passed the state House of Delegates.
Equality Maryland Interim Executive Director Lynne Bowman's statement is after the jump.