Transit- RTA fires driver who punched unruly passenger |

Posted: November 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

November 7, 2012

CLEVELAND — The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority has fired driver Artis Hughes following an altercation with a female passenger.

Hughes was charged with assault and placed on unpaid leave following the September 18 incident on board an RTA bus in Beachwood.

In making its decision, the RTA said in a written release, “There are certain actions by our employees that are so serious that the employee is subject to immediate discharge. One of those actions is a use of force against a member of the public.”

Hughes told WKYC he and his union plan to appeal RTA’s decision. “They speak of conduct unbecoming a driver,” he said, moments after learning his job had been terminated.

“I was not a driver. I was a victim. When that individual put their hands on me, I stopped becoming a driver. I become a victim.”

Hughes says his suspension and the publicity surrounding the now infamous uppercut he landed on an unruly female passenger, have made things difficult for him the last seven weeks.

“I’m still reeling,” he revealed at the offices of his union, the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 268. “There’s been days when I haven’t even left the house, just stayed in bed for 2 or 3 days. Didn’t eat. Didn’t sleep. Just tossed and turned.”

The confrontation between Hughes and the unruly female passenger was captured on cell phone video and went viral. The argument escalated with Hughes punching the woman.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s