[UPDATE 7:17pm: The Mayor’s office has released a statement, see below the jump.]
Recent footage released by Metro of a savage beating in the downtown tunnel last month has unleashed a firestorm of media coverage over the past few days. But it’s not so much the beating that has everyone peeved, it’s the fact that there were three uniformed security guards not only present during the attack, but passively watching as the 15 year-old girl ruthlessly beat her peer. Surveillance video shows the two girls fighting out onto the restricted trackbed and concluding with the victim lying on the platform with her head being stomped upon repeatedly. All the while, the three guards seem to be unwilling to make any daring moves to save the victim, other than radioing for backup.
So who’s to blame? The three officers? Metro? Olympic Security? Witnessing bystanders? The question has been very difficult to tackle because technically and legally, no one did anything wrong (attack aside). Olympic Security, contracted to watch the tunnel, is discouraged by contractual language to physically intervene, leaving its personnel to only “observe and report” (PDF) at best. The guards that witnessed the attack did manage to radio for emergency help, but were evidently powerless to stop or deter the beating.
More after the jump…