A White Londoner was knocked unconscious on the Central Line tube last weekend. The incident came after the man spent an extended period of time bothering the other passengers with racist ramblings.
The video was shared online with many on social media praising the end result.
Racist scum 'Billy Steele' knocked spark out on London Underground www.youtube.com
In the video, a man identified as Billy Steele is seen shouting racist remarks at other passengers, particularly a group of Black men. He refers to them as his "pets" and telling the other passengers that "they're lesser than us."
Other passengers try to get him to stop, but Steele refuses and shouts profanities at one woman who told him to shut up.
The train eventually stops and the group of men that Steele was harassing get up to leave. Steele steps out of the way, but can be seen balling up his hands into fists as the group walk by.
Right before they get off, one of the men punches Steele in the face, sending him almost into the opposite wall.
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important leason when you take the metro or subway: If you see a white trash racist guy who thinls he is all high a… https://t.co/u8t6ajXaLL— David (@David)1597706569.0
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The incident is very unexpected, and Steele is knocked unconscious for a few seconds. Some passengers cheer the incident.
A few passengers go to assist him, but others say to just leave him. You can hear comments in the video saying "don't help a racist" and "you deserved that."
Steele eventually wakes up and a worker on the train comes to assist him.
After the video went viral online, people were debated the act of violence.
I don't condone violence but some days it is the appropriate response. https://t.co/F18V7MMN0V— GlobalCitizenDrFAME (@GlobalCitizenDrFAME)1597885970.0
@lcagee @panoparker https://t.co/7Cel6uFoWt— i bless the rains down in castamere (@i bless the rains down in castamere)1597740640.0
Not a proponent of violence, but when you’ve heard enough, you’ve heard enough! Hate speech is a hate crime! Maskl… https://t.co/ARCNJTg7TK— 🏳️🌈Mike (@🏳️🌈Mike)1597923716.0
Steele was identified by The Daily Mail who also spoke to his mother. His family owns the business S&S Steel Fixing Limited.
Toni Steele told The Mail her son handed himself in to the police and he will not be pressing charges against the man who punched him.
The Mail quotes her as saying:
"Billy is on this video that has gone viral. He has gone to the police and owned up. He doesn't want the man who hit him to be punished."
"He is getting help for his behavior."
One could wonder if it was the racist rant or the fact he was knocked out in one hit that was so embarrassing.
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@AAltavas @panoparker @eeeelora Hun I took and passed my Chem mid term drunk at 7am, being drunk is not an excuse to be racist 😂— Marina (@Marina)1597695934.0
@panoparker And now someone has done this 😂😂 part of the central line forever 😂😂 https://t.co/Wa7fRCoNtJ— michael (@michael)1597703303.0
Things you love to see 🤷🏼♂️ This racist getting knocked out to the tune of New Order is 👌🏻#antifascist #neworder… https://t.co/SogbQP78S6— 0161 Festival (@0161 Festival)1597826480.0
The British Transport Police have confirmed they are investigating the incident. They are asking for help with more information.
A spokesman says:
"We are aware of two videos on social media showing an incident on a Central Line Underground train on 15 August."
"Enquiries are ongoing, and any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact BTP.