But this case demands a response from more than just the criminal justice system. Because the beating was captured on a cell phone camera and shared around the world on YouTube, it has damaged our community's reputation as a welcoming and tolerant place. Earlier this year, a bill to expand Maryland's anti-discrimination statutes to transgender people passed the House of Delegates but failed in the state Senate. This incident prompted a pledge from Gov. Martin O'Malley to help push for the legislation this year. For the sake of Ms. Polis and thousands of others, it needs to succeed.