A bus driver was suspended after a video surfaced online showing him dealing a jaw breaking uppercut punch to a foul-mouthed young woman who appears to have been tormenting him during the bus ride with verbal taunts.
Warning: Graphic content. Viewer discretion advised.The Huffington Post reports that the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is now investigating the altercation between the male bus driver and the female passenger, aged 25.
The video, recorded by a passenger on the bus, was first posted to WorldStarHipHop.com and YouTube. Later, it went viral on Reddit, The Huffington Post reports.
It is unclear how the quarrel started, but the video shows the woman launching a verbal assault on the driver with threats. The driver answers her, saying he would get his daughter and his granddaughter to deal with the woman. She tells him she doesn't care, he could bring his "mammy."
The verbal exchange intensifies. The driver makes a comment about a scar on the girl's face. The passengers burst out laughing. The girl, feeling slighted, approaches the driver. It is not certain that she physically attacked the driver. The video, however, shows the driver advancing on the woman, shouting “You’re going to jail now, you’re going to jail now.” He unleashes a driving uppercut on the girl who falls to the ground. The he proceeds to throw her off the bus.
The passengers are shocked at the attack and protest the driver's action. The Smoking Gun reports he says: “I don’t care. [If] she [wants] to be a man, I’ll treat you like a man.”
The woman climbs back aboard and engages the driver. She yells: “Now you’re going to jail, b***h.”
A male passenger finally intervenes.
Most online viewers blame the girl for having provoked the fight. However, may say the driver overreacted and that he should have considered the fact that his opponent was a woman.
Paladyn42, commenting on IBTimes, said, “D*mn! [She] had it coming, but dude is still in deep **** if that gets seen by the wrong people. Still, though, she was still conscious after that? That guy needs to work on his haymaker.”
Another user wrote, “I hate the idea that people think being a female somehow makes you immune to getting dealt with when you act like an a**h*le.”
A reader on The Huffington Post, "muckatuck," shares a story:
"...she hit him first.i was arrested and charged with assault for throwing my wife outside after she broke my orbital bone with a baseball bat because she 'suspected' i was cheating.she called the cops first and i was hauled in because she had 'red marks' on her arms and said i assaulted her first and she was just defending herself, meanwhile, i go to the hospital for 17 stitches and have partial loss of sight to this day.system is pretty one sided in favor of women when it comes to things like. im not saying its right for him to hit her but a person has the right to defend themselves if you put your hands on them.women will instigate 90 percent of the time because they know most men wont retaliate, but that's not always the case.he was right in saying she wants to act like a man then shes going to be treated like one.you start something to that degree with men then you should expect whats given to you."
"theoldweezer" also comments on The Huffington Post:
"If she did not hit him, he should not have hit her. Period. Plus a mans punch is much harder than a woman's. Drivers now have phones, call for assistance, let the cops deal with her. By hitting someone as hard as did, he could have killed her. Not acceptable. Regardless of race. Men need to stop hitting women."WKYC reports RTA issued a statement that says:
"RTA saw the video posted on YouTube of the operator incident on October 11. Through the investigation, we believe the incident occurred on Sept. 18. Upon identifying the driver, he was immediately suspended and removed from duty. His behavior is absolutely unacceptable. RTA apologizes to our customers for this incident. A full investigation continues."
According to Cleveland Leader, RTA representative Mary Shaffer, said: “We also saw the video today. Upon review, the driver was removed from duty and suspended. We are investigating."