Security video released by SEPTA’s transit union, Local 234, shows the 55-year-old worker getting attacked by two hooded suspects. A group soon crowded around and joined in the assault. After Monday’s attack, union workers are saying they feel unsafe and want the SEPTA police chief to resign.
“I think he’s in over his head, he’s not showing great leadership, he’s not giving us any plan to show this is what we’re doing to secure this station or to make your members safe,” said Local 234 President Willie Brown.
Regardless of the nature of the attack and the calls for his resignation, SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel said “I will not be resigning.” Instead, Nestel said he’s working to improve safety. “Over the past month, discussions have been ongoing about contracting with a security guard firm to put guards on some platforms to maintain visibility,” he said.