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POLL: Cleveland RTA Bus Driver Uppercuts Female Passenger

Do you think the 22-year veteran should be punished further for the blow that was caught in a now-viral video?

A Cleveland RTA bus driver was filmed uppercutting a female passenger on a Beachwood bus and the video has gone viral.

A spokesperson from the RTA wrote today that the company saw the video on Oct. 11 and immediately suspended the 22-year veteran driver pending an internal investigation.

WATCH | Cleveland RTA Bus Driver Hits Female Passenger: Video Taken in Beachwood

WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC SCENES AND EXPLICIT LANGUAGE.

Artis Hughes, the bus driver, has been suspended pending the investigation. "He and his union president have been notified, so we are now releasing his name to the public, per many requests," said a news release.

"Transit Police were called to the scene on Sept. 18 and completed an incident report... Artis Hughes stated that he was assaulted by a customer, Shidea N. Lane."

Do you think the driver deserves further punishment for this incident? Take our poll, and tell us why in the comments!

Steve Joseph January 19, 2013 at 08:01 AM
I agree with the very first comment: The shove she gave him was NOT comporable to the uppercut he gave her. I'm sick of reading comments like "she started it" and "treat you like a man." That's complete rubbish. I have to keep reminding myself that most online comments are posted by children. I fear that some of you kids might learn what self defense ACTUALLY is the hard way...by a judging telling you. No, you are NOT permitted or entitled to do whatever you want or see fit to someone who has "stepped" to you the wrong way, without taking into account the physical abilities and limitations fo your opponent. You may remove yourself from danger by neutralizing the threat using "REASONABLE FORCE." When Hughes took those two steps towards Lane, he sunk his self defense claim. There is no pursuit when you are acting in self defense. The assailant is the one who does the pursuing. As the video clearly shows: Hughes pursued Lane. That's where the assault charge came from. The prosecutor is correct. Also, when he said "you wanna act like a man, I'll treat you like a man" that was his admittance that his behavior was not in self defense. He was disciplining her. Totally unacceptable. That's what the courts are for. If we let this man get away with this, and show all of his fans what he got away with it, we are regressing to our primitive ancestry. Anarchy is sure to follow. We are supposed to be a civilization.
Steve Joseph January 19, 2013 at 08:16 AM
Do you think for yourself? Do you use common sense? You say she refused to pay the fare. So why was the driver DRIVING her around? The driver recanted that statement to police (aka he lied to police) and said that she eventually did pay. You are also only focusing on her "harrassment" of him... That's not the way I saw it. I observed a very mutual fight between the two of them where they both had insults and unkind words for one another. Yes she was drunk, I believe that to be true. That's exactly why he should have called for backup instead of driving around with her on board. HE endangered his passengers. You can't deal with inappropriate members of society by uppercutting them. You seem to know this, yet you still condone the driver's actions because it's something you have dreamt of. It's pretty disgusting and hypocritical that you, knowing full well that you could never bring yourself to do it, condone and celebrate the driver doing it. The woman was unable to defend herself against this beast. I don't care that she started it. She did not pose an actual threat to him. He had several other options and yet chose to savagely attack her. I'm sickened by the reaction of so many. She was out of line, but she did NOT deserve to be handled that way and the "man" (I use that term very lightly) is a coward. First for antagonizing her, figuring "what's the worst that could happen?" and next by using such severe force on her.
Steve Joseph January 19, 2013 at 08:20 AM
You are only permitted to use necessary force to protect yourself. What you're saying isn't true. You can't just do whatever you want to someone who "starts it." If you must retaliate, please make sure it's in proportion. Which is to say, a slap for a slap. She shoved him and he went crazy on her. You KNOW he hurt her far worse than she hurt him, and he ENDANGERED her far worse than she endangered him. She didn't shove him hard enough for the bus to swerve.
Steve Joseph January 19, 2013 at 08:24 AM
Ummmm, as long as you want to play the "what if" game, WHAT IFFF he had killed her with that stunt? What if when she fell, she hit her head in such a way that actually ended her life? First of all, perhaps he didn't need to be driving around with her on board when she wasn't fit to be in public and allegedly didn't pay (or did she? conflicting reports... nobody wants to take these red flags into consideration,) perhaps he didn't need to be trading up insults with her, egging her on, etc. Next, she did not shove him hard enough for the bus to swerve. She also walked away. But back to your main point: you think he was justified in unleashing some old fashioned vigilante justice on her, based on what COULD have happened, no matter how unlikely, as a result of her actions? Then I say instead of Hughes' assault charge we give him an attempted aggrevated manslaughter charge. I'm pretty sure that doesn't exist but since you seem to think we should punish people in that way then that has to work both ways.
Chad January 25, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Steve joseph, I understand your sympathetic perspective, but the word civilization actually refers to slavery. Call it what you want

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