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Baltimore Sun: McDonald's attack is no reflection on Rosedale

Apr 27, 2011

Like many other Marylanders, I was shocked and appalled by the brutal beating of a young woman in a Rosedale McDonald's. I have known the people of Rosedale for years, first as their county executive and now as their congressman. I am proud to represent them. Rosedale is a patriotic community of hard-working Americans and it is a shame that the inexcusable behavior of two people has muddied its reputation in the national media. Those two people do not speak for Rosedale, and they don't speak for my district.

No matter what your race, religion or politics, everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. The crimes committed against Chrissy Lee Polis are crimes of ignorance, cowardice and hatred. They are crimes against humanity, and I hope the perpetrators are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

I would also like to acknowledge the brave actions of my constituent, who is a true hero. Vicky Thoms, a fellow Rosedale resident, intervened on the victim's behalf without regard for her own safety. While others stood by watching, Ms. Thoms put herself in harm's way to help a stranger. She is the definition of the word "neighbor," and I hope we can all learn from her example.

Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Washington
The writer, a Democrat, represents Maryland's 2nd District.