Cleveland Bus Driver Fired For Punching Woman

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  • The Cleveland city bus driver who was caught on film punching a young female passenger has now joined the ranks of the country’s unemployed.

    The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority announced Tuesday morning that Hughes was terminated from his position for violating the company’s rules of conduct, according to Cleveland.com.

    The video of Artis Hughes‘ notorious uppercut went viral and sparked controversy that continued for weeks. The video showed Shi’ Dea Lane, 25, boarding Hughes’ bus and behaving in a disorderly manner. The 59-year-old burly bus driver and Lane got into a war of words and the argument escalated. Witnesses state that Lane spit on Hughes, a claim her lawyer denies. Hughes is clearly seen striking Lane with a fierce uppercut to the jaw after she pushes him.

    He then forcibly removed her from his bus.

    Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority spokeswoman Mary Shaffer, via Cleveland.com, had this to say of Hughes’ actions: “The employee handbook says an employee can be discharged if he uses overt force, strikes … a member of the public,” she said. “We understand he feels that his actions were in self-defense, but we disagree. The appropriate action should have been to pull over the bus and alert transit police and let them handle it.”
     

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    23 thoughts on “Cleveland Bus Driver Fired For Punching Woman

    1. I am amazed at the number of people who can comment on how wrong the bus driver was and how a man should not hit a woman. Although I agree with them on both points, I totally disagree with them leaving out the faults and responsibility that lay squarely at the feet of this “woman”; 25 years old doesn’t constitute a girl in the sense of a child. Yes the bus driver went too far. However she lead or followed him just as far. She was just as wrong as he was. Just as we teach our young men never to put their hands on women, we must also teach our young ladies to never purposefully provoke or put their hands on a man. Every person, including everyone commenting here, everyone has a point of no return. Some people have shorter points than others. It is not the place of anyone else to see how far they can push someone else. This is the COMPLETE lesson here.

      • Yep…women are equal except when they’re treated equally.

        Females supposedly are combat-ready now, yet can’t take a punch without whining. Are they going to fire at enemies in war, then complain when their guts get opened by knives?

        Women act like children. They think they’re immune from consequences. They talk tough, then cry at the drop of a hat.

        Idiots!

    2. MarilynYvonne
      I respect women that is a Warrior’s way . I am a big strong man and have never ever called my wife or any other women including former girl friends any profane words except for their proper names respectfully.
      Real men don’t women. I would try to get away ( another story If a man attacked me) if a women attacked me with a non lethal weapon like a baseball bat ,a broom handle, if attacked with a gun, knife I would use reasonable force only if I couldn’t get away from the situation. I don’t hang around people whose sole motive is to cause trouble.

    3. After watching the video online, I was really aggravated with the driver for getting into a word for word exchange with the passenger from the beginning. All of this could have been squashed. He is just too old to be that ignorant. And he may have knocked her senseless, but all he did was took the final step to go beneath her level. I am convinced he had issues before this situation jumped off. No full grown adult with any common sense would argue with some one younger and ignorant like that. When she got on the bus and didn’t pay, he had protocol from that point. He totally deserved to be fired for being stuck on stupid.

    4. Yeah, yeah, africanwarrior – whatever. You would have sent her to a hospital. And you trying to be all controversial when you KNOW her behavior was totally unexcusable and completely out of order. You claim to be an africanwarrior yet you agree with this little gir’s actions and, in public? Anyone can take so much and that includes you. Girl got what she deserved and whatever monetary award she may receive will not teach her how to be a lady; it will lead her to more disrespectful behavior which may cost her her life. There are people right now just waiting to run into her and hoping she says something out of line to them……………….Girl’s parents or parent should be the one(s) punished. They did nothing but bring her into this world; no nurturing, no teaching, no NOTHING!

    5. Just you watch her sue the Transit company. She’ll be rich and h will not have a job. This sucks………………………

    6. Just you watch her sue the Transit company. She’ll be rich and h will not have a job. This sucks………………………

    7. I Believe the sister when she said that upon boarding the bus she was in the process of retrieving the bus fare, the driver made lewd comments to her using profanities that include that she was a Ho, and she was a B etc… she stood up to this Bus Driver , who then proceeded to beat her up.

      Say No To Violence Against Women.
      Real Men don’t beat up women , only cowards with inferiority complex do, scumbags who beat up women should face guys like me who are trained as combat athletes, we would soon find out how much courage these sissies have.
      I promise you they would crap in their pants.

    8. That could have been your sister or daugther. Sure she may have been wrong but it didn’t give hm the right to put his has on her. If that was daugther he would be ready to fight that man toe to toe for hitting her. If my family I don’t care who you are, you don’t put your hands on none of my women little to grown.

    9. That could have been your sister or daugther. Sure she may have been wrong but it didn’t give hm the right to put his has on her. If that was daugther he would be ready to fight that man toe to toe for hitting her. If my family I don’t care who you are, you don’t put your hands on none of my women little to grown.

    10. That could have been your sister or daugther. Sure she may have been wrong but it didn’t give hm the right to put his has on her. If that was daugther he would be ready to fight that man toe to toe for hitting her. If my family I don’t care who you are, you don’t put your hands on none of my women little to grown.

    11. One more thing, and this is just a in general comment on putting your hands on anybody. My nephew (a teenager) informed me that his mom’s boyfriend had hit him for some “reason”. And it seemed he was being convinced that it was justified. I told him, while I’m not telling him to disrespect anybody, I wanted him to think about this – this guy has know him for 2 minutes and I had known him all his life – have I ever had an occassion to put my hands on him. He responded, no. I explained, that’s right, so why should someone who’s known him far less have the need?? We all know when it is appropriate to put our hands on someone else and that’s when we are in danger and need to defend ourselves. Anything else is simply an excuse for taking out your frustrations on someone you feel won’t be able to hurt you back.

    12. The real test would be to see how the bus driver reacts in the same situation, but swap a young man in place of the young woman. In this society we can always come up with a reason to justify violence against women, no matter what the woman is doing. He was the professional, a very grown man, and should have been in control based on the tenants of his profession. End of story. He has now paid a big consequence with the lost of his job for a momentary indulgence, to prove what – that he can beat up a woman??

    13. This is a bunch of bullshit but this is the way of the world people can be disrespectful out of order and do what they like and get away with it, this young lady got what she deserved im not condoning the hitting of anyone must less a woman but i know in life it has a cause and effect she was the cause for crossing the line and the effect was a punch its not right what he did but she was totally out of line also Two wrongs dont make a right,…………………obama we love u

    14. I would not have argued with her!!!!! Why, why, why, why was it necessary for him to sit there and argue with her, which only escalated the situation. He should have pulled over and called the police. That was all he had to do. Had he kept his damn mouth shut, he would not have lost his job. Now, if she had hit him without being provoked, then he would probably not be a statistic. However, he decided that he was going to act just as “IGNIT” as she was acting, and it cost him his job. He can file a grievance with the union, but, trust me, he will lose. I only have one question for him: “Was it worth it?”

    15. I saw it.. he said it as it was…. if you act like a man you get treated like a man…she spit on him and put her hands on him…. he should have knocked her ass the fuck out…..Yea its wrong he lost his job… but what would you do?

    16. “We understand he feels that his actions were in self-defense, but we disagree. The appropriate action should have been to pull over the bus and alert transit police and let them handle it.” This is exactly what I said he should have done. Pulled over, called dispatch to let them know that he was no longer on his route, and called the police. PERIOD. He should NOT have engaged in a war of words with her. He aggravated the situation by going “toe-to-toe” with her. He was antagonistic. It would never have gotten so far out of hand had he kept his danggone mouth shut!! Like, I said in a previous post, one link can’t rattle a chain.

    17. This is very fair as he should have followed the “employee handbook”. There are consequences and repercussions when you take matters into your own hands. Men should not hit women, no matter what. Some black men already do not respect black women and the video proved that point. The bus driver had other issues before this encounter and this was a way for him to relieve stress.

    18. Say no to violence against all human beings. But also think before you cross the line. The consequences could cost you your life.

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