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

RTA confirms that the viral video of a 22-year veteran driver uppercutting a passenger - with nearly 3.3 million hits - was taken locally.

A video of a bus driver punching a passenger on an RTA bus that has gone viral online is from an incident in Beachwood, an RTA spokesperson confirmed today.

Warning: Video contains graphic scenes and language.

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The video, first posted on the website WorldStarHipHop.com Oct. 11, has since been viewed nearly 3.3 million times there and reportings on YouTube have been viewed over 45,000 times.

UPDATE: Both parties now face criminal charges for their actions in this video.

In the shaky, graphic video, a woman is seen standing at the front of the bus arguing with the driver, whose name has not been released by the RTA. The two threaten each other and the woman approaches the driver, possibly striking him.

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The driver stops the bus and gets out of his seat. Someone yells, "You going to jail now!" and then the driver uppercuts the woman and throws her off the bus.

She climbs back on the bus and the two scuffle before the video cuts off.

The RTA spokesperson said today that the video was taken Sept. 18 on Route 5, which runs down Chagrin Boulevard from Warrensville Center Road to Lander Road with a loop south on Richmond Road to northbound Park East Drive.

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The driver has been an employee of RTA for 22 years, the spokesperson said. Per the RTA's union contract, the company will not release the driver's name until he and his union representative have been contacted.

In an emailed statement, RTA wrote, "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."

The spokeswoman added that the 25-year-old woman did not press charges against the driver the day of the incident.

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Jay Bell October 12, 2012 at 08:12 PM
She really shouldn't have put her hands on him. I know everyone says "you shouldn't hit a woman" but there has to be some accountability, if we're in an age of equal rights. www.firebrandcentral.com
Ralph Solonitz October 12, 2012 at 08:16 PM
This driver needs to be an RTA security supervisor.
Jeff Lohr October 12, 2012 at 08:23 PM
She got what she deserved!!!!!She kept on and on and wouldn't stop!!!She wanted too act hard well she went down hard!!!!!!!!Maybe next time she'll think twice before egging someone on!!Like the old saying goes if you mess with the bull you just might get the horn!!!!!!!!!
Nikki Ferrell October 12, 2012 at 08:43 PM
http://beachwood.patch.com/articles/look-cleveland-rta-beachwood-police-reports-from-bus-driver-uppercut-incident#photo-11700187 We published the statements to police from the driver and witnesses here.
too2blonde October 12, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Beachwood was a nice area now it is ALL section 8 ghetto slum. Go ahead remove my comments for not following policy . They are true and YOU know it.
mememe meme October 12, 2012 at 11:35 PM
I just watched the video and she did instigate, she did attacked first, she did get physically in the face of the driver and started. I side with the bus driver on this issue. The video is not showing how the entire verbal argument started. I been on the bus where the passengers will go out of their way to start with the driver. I do think it was wrong for him to get up and give her an uppercut, however she did start the physical fight first, and can be argued that by doing so she endangered everyone riding that bus, as we dont know if the bus was in motion or not at the time. I know I'm going to piss people off for saying this, but I'll have to side with the driver. I would have been another story if she did not get in the driver's face, but exactly like the driver said, if she wants to fight like a man, then fight like a man.
Brandon Moore October 13, 2012 at 08:20 AM
She got what she deserved!! The RTA driver should get a promotion!!
THOMAS KANE October 13, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Really ?I dont think there is any need to do anything at this point.Its already been done.The driver handled the threat .So other than she should stay off all rta. buses.See at some point one has got too pay for one`s mouth.That will get you into more trouble than anything on your person.Even the bible refers too it as "an open grave".She cant blame anyone but the person in the mirror.She still kept running her mouth even after being popped on her butt,knocked off her feet.When she laid hands on the driver that is where the law says protect thyself and all accountabilty falls on her at this point because she has become'' the aggressor ''and the driver is now concerned physically.RTA should review its security policies for drivers and how there backs are exposed on these buses too begin with, instead of worrying about his job.They should worry more about his safety.
Dick M. October 13, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Too bad he didn't follow up with a good left cross!
Della Harris October 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM
She was wrong because she had took the bus b4 but ,he should have followed protocol n stopped the bus asked her 2 get off n then called the police , cause u also heard him talking bout getting his family 2 beat her up ,he should have kept a professional attitude ,i worked at a nursing home , i got spit at ,kicked ,called ungodly names ,never 1 time n years did i react 2 their meanness .
Shelley October 18, 2012 at 07:13 PM
I'm a woman & I grew up with 3 older brothers, first thing I learned was if I hit them first I better be prepared to be hit back since I started it. I think Lane got what she deserved since she laid hands on the RTA driver first. I don't think the driver handled it in a professional way so there should be consequences for that reason. Lane put everyone else @ risk when she attacked the drive while bus was in motion so she would be punished also since she endangered others' lives.
Bonnie W. October 19, 2012 at 01:21 AM
I believe the RTA driver should receive back pay for his time off. He was violated by that female and was just in his actions. Any reasonable person would have reacted in the same way if she would've choked and spit on them. He was doing his job but his job description did not include being choked and spit on. There should be repercussions for her actions towards the driver and endangering the lives of the paying riders on the bus.
Val's Opinion October 19, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Did she ever pay to ride the bus. Was her confrontation a ploy to get where she wanted to go without paying the fare. Someone should check into similar cases. I think the driver may have been stressed by trying to keep the bus moving, passengers safe, collecting fare and then dealing with someone's disrespect. If she gets one dime for damages, it will be a shame. Where did the concept of dealing with the consequences of one's actions ever go.
Sam Snead October 21, 2012 at 05:19 AM
Section 8 lowlife wanted a free ride. When she was refused she spit and grabbed the driver while the bus was in motion. The woman should be arrested and the driver applauded.
Sean Lipscomb October 21, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I am so sick of this "Politically correct" world we live in. Where I come from, it's an eye for an eye. The girl provoked everything! I was taught that people that don't want hands put on them, shouldn't put their hands on others. I applaud the driver for having had enough. If the bus company fires him, that is complete and utter BS. How much should a person have to put up with?

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