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Man beaten after asking group to stop smoking pot

Posted at 6:45 AM, Aug 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-02 06:45:36-04

DALLAS (KTVT/CNN) – A group of people who were allegedly smoking pot on a Texas train ganged up on and beat a man who asked them to stop late Sunday night, police say.

Kennan Jones was riding a Dallas Area Rapid Transit train with five males and two females, who were smoking marijuana on the train, he says. He found the drug use disrespectful and told them to cut it out.

DART spokesman Mark Ball says the group started to spit and hit Jones after he complained.

“I’m just very happy to be here,” Jones said. “Everything just went from 0 to 100.”

Cell phone video of the fight shows it spilling onto the platform when the train stops at a station. One of the attackers eventually pulls out a skateboard and hits Jones.

Jones says after he was hit by the skateboard, he started to black out.

“I actually said, ‘OK, OK, y’all win,’” Jones said.

While he’s upset with the group of people who investigators say beat him, Jones says he’s also irritated with the driver of the train because he says he did nothing.

Ball says a dispatcher saw the fight on the platform’s camera and called police, who showed up within 10 minutes. He says it’s unclear if the DART driver saw the fight, but they are investigating.

“I’m so sorry it happened to him, and I apologize for that,” Ball said. “For him to have stood up for DART and our policies and then to be hurt by that is a tragedy.”

Jones says he would like to see increased security, but he has no regrets.

"What it did make me see is that we as a human race, we should care about each other more," he said.

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