DALLAS - No arrests have been made in the savage beating of a DART train passenger over the weekend. At least one city leader is now calling for more patrols.
The beating Sunday started after the victim asked a group to stop smoking in the train. The attack left him unconscious.
DART police are asking for the public's help in solving this violent crime, but the agency is not willing to release its own video from the cameras at the Deep Ellum station where the attack happened.
A video taken by a passenger of the attack has been seen tens of thousands of times on Facebook since Sunday night. Kennan Jones was kicked, punched and slapped for several minutes by more than a half a dozen young men and women.
The attack spilled out onto the Deep Ellum Green Line platform, where two other young men wearing orange work shirts, who were not involved in the initial attack, joined in and punched and kicked Jones on the ground before he was beaten unconscious with a skateboard.
Dallas City Councilman Dwaine Caraway is in charge of the public safety committee and has concerns about DART's response.
"To see him get hit in the head with the skateboards and to see the ladies and the guys teaming up on the one individual to give the appearance that DART is unsafe," he said. "DART has to step up their security on the trains."
DART Public Information Officer Mark Ball says the organization has good quality video from the platform. But he says DART Police Chief James Spiller will not release it because it is an active investigation.
"We started immediately looking into our video on the platform," Ball said.
"Certainly Chief Spiller has a job to do," Caraway said. "And I would hope, and will be encouraging Chief Spiller and DART, to expedite and let's do everything we can, that their faces are exposed, that we catch these guys and ladies that are still out on the run."
As for the man in the middle of the melee? Jones wants the attackers caught and held accountable.
"This shouldn't have happened," he said. "I shouldn't be here. But being that I am here, then it's my responsibility to let it be known that we, as a people, black, white, Hispanic, we have to work together."