When I saw that youtube video of a bodybuilder getting attacked at D.C.'s L'Enfant Plaza Metro rail station, I figured maybe it was a bad time of day or a deserted station or something. I sort of dismissed it as an interesting and infuriating curiosity.
Then this evening on the Metro rail, while heading for RFK stadium to see D.C United play Everton, I had a bit of firsthand experience with one of D.C.'s gang of roving feral youths.
At approx. 6:00 p.m. in a subway car fairly packed with people, many of them sporting D.C. United or Everton jerseys, some 14 or 15 year old female punk apparently decided she didn't like the way a late-20 to early 30s woman with a group of Everton fans (based on their dress) was looking at her and started mouthing off at her. The woman got up from her seat and moved to the other side of the subway car without saying anything. Then "miss thang" decides to start verbally harrassing and getting into the personal space of the woman who had been sitting next to the one who had moved. Standing about 15-20 feet away, I just stared in shock as did everyone else in the crowded train. At the next stop, the women who had been assaulted and several others (about 7 or 8 folks, men and women of late 20s or 30s, apparently on their way to see Everton play) all quickly left the train, obviously frightened/alarmed.
"Miss thang" and her gang of maybe 5 or 6 kids varying in age from probably 8 to the eldest, the female gangleader who looked to be no more than 15 years old, stayed on the train. The leader started trying to talk tough to everyone who was at that point simply staring at them in shock, but I guess she eventually realized that there were too many of us to threaten and a very real chance someone was calling the police, because they all got off at the following stop They disembarked the Orange line train at approximately 6:05 p.m. at the Capitol South station.
I and my daughters (and most everyone else) were shocked. In spite of that youtube video I mentioned, I still tended to think of D.C.s Metro rail system as being one of the cleanest and safest. Apparently I was WRONG. You read about these things, but in a subway car jammed with folks headed to an international soccer game at 6 in the evening?
I had a low opinion of Washington D.C. before this, but that episode just confirmed my worst suspicions about the totally depraved state of our nations biggest cities.