Teonna Monae Brown, the 18 year-old charged in beating Chrissy Lee Polis at the McDonalds in Baltimore because Polis is transgendered was arrested last year for assaulting a woman in the same restaurant. Brown was charged with “two assault counts for attacking Danielle Dower, 38, last July.” However the charges against Brown were dropped at Dower’s request.
The Smoking Gun found Dower’s handwritten police statement.
“Dower said that she had left the McDonald’s with her two daughters when Brown confronted her, asking “Did you call me ugly?” Though Dower said she had not, Brown “kept trying to badger us.” At one point, Dower said, the teenager “pushed me in the back.” After Dower pushed back, Brown “took her fist and threw a punch to my face.” ”
As the pair scuffled, Dower said, Brown hit her in the back with an umbrella and “pulled my wig off my head.”
Saying that, “I wanted to get my kids to safety,” Dower went with her children to a nearby shopping center. Brown and her friends, Dower added, followed behind.
As Dower called 911, two females grabbed her daughter by the hair and dragged the teenage girl across the floor. “I had to stop talking to the operator, get on top of my daughter and protect her while trying to fight off those girls,” Dower stated.
The fight, she added, left her with “a few cuts to my face” and “my head was hurt from the hair pulling and my leg got hurt. My oldest daughter head was hurting from the girls dragging her across the floor. She suffered cuts to her knee and one to her face, bumps to her forhead and behind her ear.”
Brown and a female cohort were identified by a cop “from prior contacts from prior incidents,” according to a Baltimore County Police Department report. The pair–and a third suspect, a juvenile–initially denied “any involvement in an assault until after they were identified by the victim.” An arrest report described Brown as a high school student at The Arrow Project of Maryland, and listed her sole tattoo as “chocolate covered cherries.”
Police said Brown was charged with one count of first-degree assault and two counts of misdemeanor second-degree assault. The 14 year-old who also attacked Polis and was also arrested will be charged as a juvenile.
Poli’s grandmother Edna Stebbings was interviewed by WBALTV 11 News in Baltimore. “I was really upset to see this, because [she] has taken a couple of beatings since [she has] been out there,” Stebbings said.
Poli’s twin brother, Matty Polis, who also lives in Baltimore, said it’s been painful to watch his sister endure these sorts of attacks. “My sister has gotten this her entire life,” Matty Polis said. “Being the way she is, she’s always had a hard time.”
Polis suffers from epilepsy which triggered her having a seizure during the attack. According to Webmd “epilepsy is a group of related disorders characterized by a tendency for recurrent seizures.”
In the YouTube video below Polis talks about being transgendered in the DMV (D.C., Maryland, and Virginia) area and her personal experiences as a transgendered woman.
Polis Talks About Being Transgendered