A group of five males and two females violently attacked and beat a Dallas DART train passenger because he asked them to stop smoking marijuana.
The video, which was filmed on a cell phone and disseminated on social media, shows the man being punched and kicked. He tries to leave the train, but the mob of attackers follows him outside to continue the attack.
You can watch the video below in full, but be aware that it’s graphic. (You can see a wider version at the end of this story)
Steve Eager, a Dallas news anchor, wrote on Facebook, “This video is maddening and outrageous. The beating victim had the audacity to ask young people on a DART train (Green Line) in Dallas to stop smoking weed. Of course there was NO Dallas Area Rapid Transit (Official DART page) police officer on the train, or on the platform once the beating spilled there. DART officials claimed the victim didn’t want to press charges. The victim, Kennan Jones says that is false! DART’s police report also lists the case as ‘closed’ with no arrests.”
According to WFAA-TV, the victim “was violently assaulted by a group late Sunday night (July 31) on a Northbound Green Line train near the Deep Ellum Station.”
The station confirmed with a DART spokesman that the victim had asked the attackers to stop smoking. The victim was taken to the hospital.
According to WFAA, there have been rising concerns about safety on the trains since another man was jumped in June, and a DART spokesman said the DART wants justice for the recent victim.
Jones, 44, told WFAA that he is a student and said, “All 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 cell phone video was posted to Facebook by another passenger on the train.
People who have information helpful in the case can call the DART police at 214-928-6300.
Here’s a wider view of the video (click on it to play):