A DART passenger was violently attacked by a group of young people after he asked them to stop smoking pot on the train, according to news reports.
“No reason for that,” the victim, identified as Kennan Jones, told Fox 4 News. “Especially, all I’m telling you is just put that out right now.”
The attack by five males and two females happened on the northbound Green Line train Sunday night and lasted almost three minutes, ending on the platform at the Deep Ellum Station where Jones appeared to be left unconscious, news reports said.
Video of the assault was posted on Facebook by a witness Monday afternoon and had gotten almost 94,000 views as of Wednesday morning.
No one tried to intervene in the beating and the witness who posted the video told Fox 4 that he was afraid to get involved.
The video shows the attackers cornering Jones and viciously punching, hitting and kicking him in the rail car. The fight spills out onto the Deep Ellum platform and ends with Jones lying face down, apparently unconscious, and one of the women hitting him in the head with a skateboard before getting back on the train.
Kennan told NBCDFW.com that it all started when he asked the group to put out the smokes.
“When they started smoking, I’m like, ‘Come on, man. We’re on a train. Can y’all just wait? Just wait,’ ” he said.
One of the young women confronted him, he told NBCDFW.com.
“She ended up spitting in my face,” he said. “I was like, ‘You’re lucky I don’t hit females, little girl, because I would beat your ass for that.’ And that’s when everything went from zero to 100.”
Jones told Fox 4 that he felt doubly victimized by the treatment he received from DART police officers who responded to the incident.
“To me, I was assaulted in another type of way by the police officers who were just standing there looking at me like I did something wrong,” he said.
DART spokesman Mark Ball said DART police responded to the attack within minutes and are actively investigating and asking the public for help in finding the suspects.
“It’s awful. We want to catch the ones that did this,” he said.
DART initially said Jones had declined to press charges, but Jones disputed that, telling Fox 4, “Why would you think I wouldn’t want to press charges after being assaulted like that?”
“It’s just sad that our generation is lost like that,” Jones said.
Anyone with information can call DART police at 214-928-6300.