WASHINGTON - Metro Transit Police Chief Michael Taborn says his officers try to anticipate and prevent incidents on transit agency grounds like the latest taped fight that's surfaced online.
"It's something that we at Metro should not tolerate," Taborn tells WTOP. "But with the modern age, people are capturing things, and people are egging people on."
The latest fight is on YouTube and shows two teenagers who brawl for minutes while bystanders do nothing to prevent it from happening.
The video, which first surfaced on Unsuck DC Metro, shows teenagers aboard a Metro train throwing fists while other teens either cheer on the fight or record it on their cellphones.
(Ed. Note: Video is graphic in nature and may not be safe to watch at work.)
The fight is one in a series of recordings where the transit system is the setting for a fight and bystanders fail to intervene in the altercations.
In January, a man was attacked by two people while exiting the L'Enfant Metro Station. The attack was caught on tape and posted to YouTube.
The latest fight was not reported to Metro, which makes it difficult to track down those involved. Taborn says his officers aim to prevent such incidents by focusing on when kids are riding.
"We are always paying special attention to a certain time of the day when the kids are out," he says, " and we board the trains when the students seem to be a little disruptive."
It isn't clear from the video where the actual fight happened. But Taborn noted that in D.C., Metro basically serves as a school bus for kids.
He says Metro and D.C. Public Schools have a daily conference call to try and get ahead of any "planned fights" that could happen.
"We know that there are certain locations where we have a preponderance of young people as they leave schools -- places like Tenleytown and Minnesota Avenue," he says.
When asked, Taborn also says his department could use more officers to help solve such issues.
"Every police chief would want to say 'Yeah, give me more police officers,' and that's a fact," he says. "We would love to be every place at all times."
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