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Recently, videos have surfaced of a stabbing that took place in the Ashby Road MARTA train station in Atlanta, GA. What is notable is that the stabbing took place in full view of a train full of people. And yet, none of them did anything to help.

The first video of the stabbing was filmed by Rashad Toryano William Smith. It begins on an empty MARTA train platform. The passengers have already boarded the train, which is sitting nearby. On the ground are two men struggling. While the two fight, Smith pans left and right and comments on how no one is around to stop the fight.

Suddenly, the man on bottom starts screaming, “HE GOT A KNIFE BRUH!!!” Smith, obviously concerned, circles around to a new angle where blood can be seen pooling under the bottom man’s head. As the knife wielding assailant, later identified as Rodney Dwight Banks, starts carving up his victim, Smith offers a hesitant account, uncertain of what to do.

“Hey, he’s stabbin him. Ohhh…. I don’t know what to do bruh. Hey bruh, that’s enough ain’t it bruh?”

Content Warning: The video is extremely graphic and disturbing.

As he contemplates what course of action to take, the video cuts off.  But, a second video from the train itself shows what happened next. Inside the train, there is an almost festive air. In stark contrast to the first camera man, this one is making jokes while commentating the fight and bragging.

“Stupid ass niggas, they might want to kiss each other man! I wanna kiss YOOUUU!!! I’ma be late for work f*ckin with these niggas man. Damn. I got some money in my pocket, though, yall. These niggas fighting about nothing, I got money in my pocket, what these niggas talking about? OOOOOH OOOOOH HE STARTED STABBING OOOOH OOOOOH!!! “

At this point, the second video picks up where the first one left off. While Banks is stabbing and slashing, it shows Smith tentatively reach out and try to convince him to stop. And after a few tense moments, Banks gets up and Smith ushers the stab victim away while Banks stalks menacingly after them.

According to CBS 3 Springfield, “The victim was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and released… Banks was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and possession of a knife.” That’s the good news. The bad news?


There are a lot of theories as to why no one helped. Some people suggested that the doors were shut and the people were locked inside. However, most rapid transit systems are required to have emergency door releases so that passengers can open the doors manually in the event of an emergency or a power failure.

Maybe this was just a case of the Bystander Effect:

The bystander effect, or bystander apathy, is a social psychological phenomenon that refers to cases in which individuals do not offer any means of help to a victim when other people are present. The probability of help is inversely related to the number of bystanders. In other words, the greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is that any one of them will help. 

Police Brutality vs Community Apathy

Even if the doors were open, it is understandable that people might not be eager to confront a man wielding a knife. And yet, this seems to fly in the face of all of the protests that we have seen lately.

Everywhere you look, you see people marching in the streets. Since Michael Brown’s death at the hands of officer Darren Wilson, the world has been flooded with images of the protests in Ferguson.  Just today, thousands of people marched in New York protesting the chokehold death of of Eric Garner. Speaking at the event, Al Sharpton said:

“We’re here because we saw a man unarmed taken down in an illegal chokehold, and if you can do it to him, you can do it to any citizen, and we are not going to be silent when it happens.”  

On the surface, it seems commendable for a community to take a tragic event, like the loss of life, and use it as a catalyst to come together in opposition of violence. But why is there only outrage when it’s a cop that’s engaging in violence? I guarantee that if these videos from the MARTA station showed a police officer stabbing a man in front of a train full of people, there would be protests in the streets of Atlanta. Al Sharpton would probably be on his way to Atlanta right now.

If people are willing to take action to protest the loss of life, they should also be willing to take action to prevent it. Saving life should be more important than mourning its loss. I’m not suggesting that an individual try to subdue an armed criminal.  But if this video is any indication, some people would rather film a murder than prevent one.

3 Responses

  1. Per Kristiansen

    “Do you want me to pull him off ya bro..?”

    Disqusting what the american society have become. What is wrong with you people? Is this entertainment?
    It`s sickening, abs. disqusting….
    Have fun with NWO!

    • skhpcola

      “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”

      This, from a piece of shit with an avatar picture like yours? You are filth.

      And “disgusting” is spelt with a “g,” not a “q.” But I’m not surprised by your poor grammar, due to your demonstrated lack of intelligence in your choice of avatars. Filthy piece of trash. You’re probably a Ron Paul supporter, which means that you are a sub-human retard.

      • Per Kristiansen

        Oh, bla bla blablabla, blabla bla bla, blablabla bla blabla, what did I miss?
        I thought americans learnt ad hominem in school…. Zionist scum

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