A man was savagely beaten by a gang of thugs riding on a Dallas rapid transit Sunday because he asked them to stop smoking pot on the train.
The gang of young men and women refused to stop smoking when asked. Instead, they came over and began punching the 44-year-old victim, Kennan Jones, and then threw him against the doors of the train. Some of the thugs were hanging from the roof handles of the train so that they could kick the victim while they were suspended in the air. Finally, the train reached its destination at the Dallas Deep Ellum station.
But they didn’t stop there. The gang continued to pummel Jones at the station platform and a female member of the gang bashed Jones over the head with a skateboard.
The outrage was documented as another passenger captured the gang violence on video and provided it to DFW, the local CBS News affiliate.
The footage shows at least one other person on the train attempting to assist Jones in his plight, but the gang members discouraged the Good Samaritan by slapping him.
Jones was admitted to a local hospital following the attack but was released. In his interview with DFW, his face shows signs of the beating he experienced.
“‘Everything just went from 0 to 100. I’m just very happy to be here… happy to hug my kids,” he said. Jones said he told the gang members, “OK, OK. Y’all win,” but they just kept hitting him, noting that he lost consciousness after the skateboard struck his head.
Although police are conducting an investigation and examining the video, Jones asks why the driver of the train apparently did nothing to stop the attack nor contact police.
“To me, they saw enough to be, to stop that moment and say, ‘We’re not going nowhere until police coming,'” he said.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit authorities have offered their condolences.
“I’m so sorry it happened to him and I apologize for that,” said spokesman Mark Ball.