A white man who was caught on camera dragging a black man unconscious of a California train and leaving him on the platform will not face criminal charges for the incident.
After an investigation, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Tuesday it would not file charges against the 71-year-old man after telling them he was only trying to get help.
The images of the Aug. 1 incident in Long Beach showed the man dressed in a suit dragging the passenger unconscious from the train while passers-by accused him of trying to avoid delays in their journey.
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A white man who was captured by the camera dragging a black man unconscious of a train in Long Beach, California and leaving him on the platform last month will not face criminal charges
In justifying his decision not to press charges, prosecutors said: "It seemed (the) suspect was intent on getting the victim off the moving train to the platform where he could get help from paramedics."
The suspect's reason for avoiding travel delays does not convert his behavior into criminal conduct.
Prosecutors initially said they were considering an assault charge for a felony before they interview the man and view the surveillance images, the Long Beach Post reports.
The man, who according to authorities has no criminal record, told investigators he is a former army doctor.
Authorities launched an investigation last month after the incident at Wardlow station caused a huge backlash when the video appeared online.
The video that triggered the investigation was filmed by another passenger and showed the man dragging the unconscious man from the train.
The images of the August 1 incident showed that the man threw the unconscious passenger on the platform while passers-by accused him of trying to avoid delays in his trip.
While the man was dragging the passenger of the train, the pants of the unconscious man fell down. It was filmed by lifting the man's pants before returning to the train
The man was filmed saying we're going to get him out of the train & # 39; and it's going to hold the train for everyone.
While dragging the passenger of the train, the pants of the unconscious man fell. It was filmed by lifting the man's pants before returning to the train to retrieve the passenger's belongings.
The man then jumped back on the train and sat down when the doors closed.
A passenger who was filming said: "Friend just had an attack and this white guy is going to get him out of the train f ** king so he does not miss his trip".
Authorities said a train surveillance video showed the man vomiting and asking a passenger to call 911 before approaching the door and going to bed.
After informing the passengers that the train would not move, the man in the suit returned to the platform to control the pulse of the unconscious man.
"I thought the man was drunk," you could hear the man say.
Then he touched the man's face and said: "Brother, are you responding? It's okay, he needs paramedics.
The man was filmed saying we're going to get him out of the train & # 39; and it's going to hold the train for everyone. After taking it out, the man jumped into the train and took a seat when the doors were closed