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Man arrested for alleged assault of a disabled student on the T

Thomas Kennedy, 62, of Brockton was arrested on assault and civil rights charges after allegedly attacking a student with cerebral palsy on the MBTA red line Thursday.
Thomas Kennedy, 62, of Brockton was arrested on assault and civil rights charges after allegedly attacking a student with cerebral palsy on the MBTA red line Thursday. MBTA Police

A 62-year-old man was taken into custody Thursday after he allegedly punched and kicked a college student with cerebral palsy on the MBTA Red Line.

Thomas Kennedy, of Brockton was arraigned before a judge in South Boston Municipal Court, charged with assault and battery on a disabled person, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and a civil rights violation, according to WBZ News:

According to prosecutors, the victim, a 21-year-old college student, had boarded a Red Line train on Tuesday afternoon at Downtown Crossing and sat down next to Kennedy.

Kennedy reportedly reeked of alcohol and allegedly made derogatory comments about the victim's disability. Kennedy is also alleged to have used ethnic and homophobic slurs.

The victim eventually moved seats, but police say Kennedy continued yelling at him and eventually punched and kicked him.

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The victim got off at the JFK/UMass stop in Dorchester and reported the assault to police, who said they later identified Kennedy through surveillance footage.

He was reportedly already out on bail for another, unspecified incident on the MBTA, WCVB reports. That bail was revoked by the judge.

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