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Posted at 8:30 AM ET, 02/18/2011

Metro fight video surfaces

By Washington Post Editors

Warning: The video depicts graphic violence.

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Another video depicting a fight in the are'a regional subway system surfaced Wednesday depicting a group of youths recording the incident as two people on a rail car pummel each other.

News of the video was first reported by the blog Unsuck DC Metro. The video was posted to YouTube by a user named dmvallaccessvevo. A Web page says DMV All Access "is a social network" that reports on people and events in the Washington region.

It is unclear from the video where in the system the incident took place, but a display on the rail car identifies it as an Orange Line train. The incident also appears to have taken place during the day. The headline posted by dmvallaccessvevo says: "Two DC Youth Fight On Metro After School."

Metro said last month that it intended to increase patrols at L'Enfant Plaza following an attack on a man at the station.

Metro Transit Police also devised a plan last summer to escort potentially disruptive groups through the rail system after a brawl where dozens of people boarded a Green Line train at Gallery Place. When the train arrived at L'Enfant Plaza, police have said, a fight spilled onto the platform. That fight led to the arrest of one adult and two juveniles and the hospitalization of four people.

In 2009 Metro increased patrols in areas where young people congregate in a bid to decrease violence involving youth in the transit system, which has 86 rail stations and more than 12,000 bus stops.

However, videos depicting such incidents have been appearing on YouTube and elsewhere on the Web, drawing attention to the issue.

From the Post's archives:

Teen arrested in Metro fight

Two men injured after late-night assaults on Metro

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So Metro is taking time and resources to pull security off of the platforms and outside the stations to randomly search bags, while this sort of thing is happening on the platforms and in the trains. How is this not a glaring show of incompetency?

Posted by: stillcynical | February 17, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Metro Transit Police needs to focus less time and money on the terrorist attack that hasn't happened or even been stopped and spend focus more time and money and the crime that is happening every day in the system.

Posted by: ceebee2 | February 17, 2011 1:01 PM | Report abuse

That garbage was staged for the camera. That was not a real fight. Somebody pulled a hoax and got internet face time.

Posted by: ahs78graduate | February 17, 2011 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Hey Dr. Gridlock, how about a post on this?

Delegate Albo's committee (of Albo & Oblon LLP) once again proposes draconian fines to funnel money to his "serious traffic offense" law firm - this time for "rolling stops" at stop signs and red lights. Jail time and $2500 - for a stop sign offense? Seriously?

Maybe the WP can do a story on whether the General Assembly even has a Conflict of Interest Policy?

Posted by: nocando | February 17, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

nothing new here.

Posted by: johnfchick1 | February 17, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse

"Fight" suffices. "Brutal" implies much more. Don't add unecessary hype. Like johnfchick1 said, "nothing new here." (Assuming this was not staged, aside . . )DMVALLACCESS actually presents this in a simple and straightforward summary "Two DC Youth Fight on Metro After School." The Post's tagline addition of "brutal" is just trying to stir up emotion.

Posted by: redrocket | February 17, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Good old fashioned school-yard fist fight. At least they're not shooting up the place!

Posted by: uptownstars2208 | February 17, 2011 2:23 PM | Report abuse

yeah that was real "brutal". give me a break wapo

Posted by: slick3 | February 17, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I wish I was on this train because I would have brought out the mace and everybody would have got it straight in the face, especially the person filming.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | February 17, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Brutal? Violence is never good, but that was a typical high school fight. Let's not make more out of things than need be.

Posted by: tjack55 | February 17, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

These videos give me flashbacks of attending a declining "magnet"-integrated public intermediate school circa 1990.

Bored, grudgeful adolescent yobs constantly picking pointless fights, bullying and attacking strangers and acquaintances alike for attention and false prestige.

Some social critics have referred to this rising generation as being afflicted by a "narcissism epidemic." While we saw these characteristics take hold within my own generation (Gen Xers / baby-busters), I can't help but wonder whether it's only worsened over time.

Kicking somebody's @$$ in public: Win.
Kicking somebody's @$$ in public and getting it on YouTube: Epic win.
Kicking somebody's @$$ in public and getting it on YouTube, the Washington Post, and the DC blogosphere: PRICELESS.

I agree with many others; media sites are only giving these narcissistic bullies the gratification and attention they crave.

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | February 17, 2011 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Happens all the time even in Bethesda

Posted by: agarnett1000 | February 17, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm so tired of ghetto trash.

Posted by: Heatherannmumford | February 17, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

WaPo clean up your headlines.

Brutal: Savage; cruel; inhuman; harsh; severe; etc.

Posted by: rlj1 | February 17, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

No News is No News....

These fights happen throughout the generations....but this is the 1st that all these kids got camera phones and youtube....

Posted by: 4thFloor | February 17, 2011 3:01 PM | Report abuse

This was definitely staged. Look at all the kids with their phones recording it. I bet no one pressed the emergency button either.

Posted by: blankspace | February 17, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Who cares? As long as they are brutalizing each other and not innocent parties, I could care less.

Posted by: MACCHAMPS04 | February 17, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Something happens when young black peeps get on the Metro. IT'S PARTY TIME, Y'ALL!

Wannabe queens start voguing. "Look at me!"
Noise is equivalent to the last day of school before summer break. Dudes sit with their legs across the aisle looking for a white person to start something or brush up against them.

It's all about acting out & getting attention. Hanging out til you get pregnant at 16 or arrested for selling coke.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | February 17, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Big deal, anyone who has been to high school has seen fights like that many times.

Posted by: kenk33 | February 17, 2011 3:23 PM | Report abuse

D.C. is a complete sewer.

Posted by: fizzlechip | February 17, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Fake. They weren't really going at it. Probably just wanted to make a video. Real brother would have pulled out a knife or gun.

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | February 17, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Buncha animals. Seriously, and we wonder why so many young, black males are in prison. This fight was anything but brutal. It may have been staged, as some other folks are claiming. Clearly, they were pretty quick to stop and clear things up before the train pulled into the next station.

Either way, it's the kind of reckless, intimidating and aggressive behavior that makes many normal folks cross the street, if you know what I mean.

Somebody needs to take a pair of scissors to all those salon dreads that 'men' are wearing these days as well. But that's another topic for another day.

Posted by: lingering_lead | February 17, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone press the emergency intercom? Or did they just take videos again? What entertainment.

Posted by: RossEmery | February 17, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Obama's america..

Posted by: wewintheylose1 | February 17, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Who cares? As long as they are brutalizing each other and not innocent parties, I could care less.

Posted by: MACCHAMPS04 | February 17, 2011 3:14 PM

If you "could care less," then why don't you care less?

Posted by: 1995hoo | February 17, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

The sad part is that so many of the commentors saw nothing wrong with the fight. Why not? Are we that steeled to that type of behavior that it has become an everyday thing, anywhere?

Posted by: mbrumble | February 17, 2011 4:15 PM | Report abuse

The boys work very hard at being cool because there are many fine career opportunities for cool people.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | February 17, 2011 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Put them down.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | February 17, 2011 4:33 PM | Report abuse

The fight looked like an NBA fight. Not many punches thrown or really landed. But another notch on the belt of Metro, and another reason why I have to move away from the Orange line. You can't put officers on every train, and in every corner of every station. If it wasn't on metro it woulda been in the school yard, or in some neighborhood or on the school bus.

Posted by: RobAnthony | February 17, 2011 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Metro should have someone riding incognito that can shove these idiots out onto the third rail. Zap! The human gene pool breathes a sigh of relief.

Posted by: menopausequeen | February 17, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to say, Washington Post, but this 'brutal' fight looks staged! I see no real punches being thrown and no one appears to be hurt, amgry or upset, just a lot of moving around and folks screaming. Doesn't look like a real fight to me at all.(if it is, the big guy should be ashamed, little dude was taking all of his 'punches' like a man.)

Posted by: wpost36 | February 17, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

This obviously wasn't a real fight, but it is a *real* example of the Post jumping on a story without checking it out. The Post doesn't appear to know staged ritual when it sees it.

Posted by: Leila1 | February 17, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

All Metro cars should have Mace sprays installed in the ceilings.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | February 17, 2011 5:35 PM | Report abuse

"All Metro cars should have Mace sprays installed in the ceilings."
Posted by: WashingtonDame

Laughing gas would be a far better idea. Why "mace" all of us peaceful, law-abiding Metro riders? (Oh wait, aren't you the same "dame" who perennially attacks people in your path who use non-automotive forms of transportation?)

Hell, just sprinkle MDMA dust on everybody. I mean, if it was good enough for the late Peter Jennings...

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | February 17, 2011 5:44 PM | Report abuse

How about Metro Transit Police observe where these groups of kids are boarding, and then seperate them? Only allow a certain number on the train at a time, then the next group has to wait.

Oh wait...never mind.

Posted by: chgocutie1 | February 17, 2011 7:10 PM | Report abuse

that won't work when trains only run once every half hour due to track work

Posted by: thetan | February 17, 2011 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Behind every ignorant child with no home training is an ignorant parent with no home training.

Posted by: stuckintraffictoo | February 17, 2011 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Lots of posts that this was staged. Maybe . . but with every kid carrying a phone/cam it's not hard to accept that dozens would record it. It's the world we live in, staged or not. Still, I don't want this behavior happening on my Metro ride home. Metro still needs to respond. But with plain old-fashioned police presence. Not with idiotic political knee-jerk ID cards, curfews and widgets!

Posted by: redrocket | February 18, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

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