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Cleveland RTA to Meet With Uppercut Driver Today

Artis Hughes will meet with administration today to discuss his employment after he was caught on video uppercutting an unruly passenger.

Artis Hughes will meet with Cleveland Regional Transit Authority administrators today to discuss the future of his employment at the company.

Hughes, who drove for the RTA for 22 years before his unpaid suspension began Oct. 13 after the RTA saw the viral video online, has been charged with assault in Beachwood for the uppercut he delivered to passenger Shidea Lane Sept. 18.

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Lane, 25, reportedly boarded an RTA #5 bus Sept. 18 in Beachwood without paying. A dispute began — which was recorded on a cell phone and later became a viral video — that ended in the notorious uppercut.

Lane was charged with disorderly conduct and was booked and released last week.

A spokesperson from the RTA confirmed that a hearing has been scheduled today for Hughes, but it is not open to the public.

Ms. Jazzy October 24, 2012 at 05:56 PM
I do trust that Cleveland RTA will do the right thing by giving Mr.Hughes his job back. If they do not, he will have been served a great injustice for defending himself. If that being so,I pray that he deals with them accordingly and take them to the bank for allowing him to go through such pain and suffering !!

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