Passenger beat down on NYC Train, Caught on Camera
Watch the video (The Smoking Gun)
A videotape of a subway rider getting attacked on the NYC A train by a pack of unruly teenagers has been spreading through the Internet.
The 4 minute, 18 second film (on The Smoking Gun web site) shows some foul-mouthed girls taunting the man, who can be heard telling them, "Why are you arguing? Stop. Stop."
As the train pulled into Broadway Junction, a girl off-camera could be heard predicting, "They gonna hit him, I know it."
Within moments, the man, who had stood up, was shoved down and pummeled by members of the gang.
As the tape ends, the victim--who was also struck in the face with a plastic soda bottle during the assault--is continuing to be struck by two of the girls.
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The video was initially uploaded by a high school student named Kadejra Holmes. She has denied being part of the girl gang that attacked the male rider. Of course, her credibility cannot be judged to be truthful when after being interviewed by The Smoking Gun, she deleted the footage and her entire page from YouTube.
According to TSG, she initially labeled the video as "jump up to get beat down."
Fortunately, TSG managed to snag a copy of the video and has posted it on their web site.
It is not known if the police were aware of the attack or whether the victim was badly hurt. The attack allegedly occurred last month.
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I would guess Kadejra, who wants to be a filmmaker, and found a niche... taping violent attacks and practicing her camera angles and balancing shots.
It is not known if she called the police after the attack was over. Isn't there anything we can charge this person with? Being an accomplice to this brazen attack? Being a coward and staying behind the camera?
Shame on these rabid teenagers who have nothing better to do. Shame on those that want to create some sort of mini-fame and post them to YouTube. Shame!