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Video: Youth fight in SF subway spills onto the tracks

A police car. (Dreamstime/TNS)
April 21, 2023

A video circulating on social media appears to show a fight between juveniles spilling onto the tracks in a San Francisco subway station.

The incident appeared to take place in the BART subway’s Civic Center Station in San Francisco. It was not clear when the footage was filmed.

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The video, reposted on Twitter, seemed to originate from Instagram user sm0k3.n.mirr0rs, who wrote: “Normal night at the BART Civic Center.”

When the video begins, a black-clad young man is already running along the subway tracks. Another individual in a shiny black coat follows them onto the tracks, grabs them, and appears to try to get them back on the platform as they resist.

A police officer can be seen stepping into the nearby crowd as onlookers scream and shout.

The video then focuses on a black-clad spectator, who runs away from the scene toward another male and appears to hand off a jacket and a small, white item. These two individuals, along with another who was near the crowd, run toward an escalator out of the station. 

It is not clear what led to the altercation, or how or whether the individuals who ran away were involved. At the end of the video, an officer can be seen talking to the crowd, and no one appears to be on the tracks.

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BART, short for Bay Area Rapid Transit, recently announced that it was deploying more officers to ride trains in a bid to make riders feel more safe, NBC Bay Area reported.

A BART rider, Anel Renteya, told the outlet that a rise in homeless people on the trains in recent years had made her feel unsafe, NBC Bay Area reported.

The transit system’s ridership has fallen dramatically in recent years. ABC 7 News reported that station exits totaled more than 10 million in July 2019, but by July 2022, that had decreased to more than 3 million.

BART spokesperson Jim Allison said “the biggest factor in our ridership is office occupancy.”