The video that has gone viral of an incident aboard a commuter train Sunday night is brutal and hard to watch, and it happened in the major U.S. city of Dallas, Texas.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) passenger Kennan Jones was aboard a northbound Green Line train near Deep Ellum Station Sunday evening when he dared to ask a group of young passengers to stop smoking marijuana aboard the train.
Jones, 44, explained in an interview with WFAA that “[a]ll of a sudden, they started smoking. I’m like, ‘Come on, man. We’re on the train. Put that out right now. Wait until you get off the train. It’s not that serious to smoke. You got other people on here who don’t want to smell all that.’ … That’s when it escalated.”
The group launched an all-out assault on Jones, punching and kicking like a pack of wolves. When the train stopped, Jones got off the train, but the mob followed him and continued their assault on the platform, hitting and kicking him more. Finally, the thugs stopped, and Jones got up, only to be beaten back down again until one girl knocked him out cold by bashing him in the head with a skateboard.
The group then got back on the train and crowed over their victory as the train took off again.
Cell phone video of the attack was captured by another passenger on the train and posted to Facebook.
Jones was taken to nearby Baylor Hospital just after midnight and treated for his injuries.
DART officials had put out the word through media that Jones did not want to press charges – a claim he denies.
Dallas News anchor Steve Eager, who posted a copy of the video to Facebook, said there were no DART police officers on the train or on the platform.
Authorities are estimating around five teenage boys and two teenage girls took part in the attack, which occurred around 11:30 p.m. Sunday night, Dallas News reported.
DART police have reportedly refused to release their own surveillance footage of the attack on the platform and only became aware of the cellphone video being shared on Facebook Tuesday morning.
DART police hope tips will lead to identifying the suspects. Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to call DART authorities at 214-928-6300.
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