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Uppercut Bus Driver

FIRED

You Broke the Rules

11/6/2012 9:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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**WARNING -- VIDEO CONTAINS REALLY BAD LANGUAGE**

The Cleveland bus driver who fired back at an aggressive female passenger with a FEROCIOUS uppercut to the face ... has been fired by his bus company.

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority has announced ... Artis Hughes was terminated from his job ... for not following policy after he was assaulted by the passenger back in September.

In a statement, the RTA explains ...  "Mr. Hughes claims that his actions were in self-defense. The evidence does not support that claim."

"We expect our employees to diffuse any potential situation. We do not believe that Mr. Hughes took the proper steps to diffuse this situation."

"The proper procedure would have been to pull over and stop the bus, then call Transit Police for assistance."

However, RTA does say ... "The customer was out of line and charges have been filed against her."

Moments after the driver smacked the woman, he told her, "She wanna be a man, I'm gonna treat you like a man."

So far, no comment from the bus driver.

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campy    

He WHOOPED her ass!!! I'll side with the driver on this one.

723 days ago
122.

xBoredx    

Way to perpetuate a stereotype! She's embarrassing.

She deserved it.

723 days ago
123.

jxtr    

I am not a violent person. However, after hearing the hateful and disrespectful words coming from her mouth, I wanted to punch her.

723 days ago
124.

Carla    

Anyone else notice she lost her hair piece? LMAO!

723 days ago
125.

Truth    

WHOA, THAT UPPERCUT BEATS FLOYD GAYWEATHER JR!!! LOL, NICCCE!!! WOW, CHECK THAT OUT. THEY BE CALLING EACH OTHER N*GGER AND HOES AND EVERY RACIST NAME IN TOWN, SMH... AND THEY CALL NON-BLACKS RACISTS, WTF. THE HYPOCRISY IS UNREAL - THEY BE PULLING THE RACE CARD ON EACH OTHER. TALK ABOUT GLASS HOUSES AND STONES. #TRUTH!!

723 days ago
126.

harleyharlett    

wow - this artilcle says it all - drunk and was refusing to pay - "OCTOBER 12--The Cleveland bus driver who delivered an uppercut to an unruly female passenger told cops that he struck the woman after she grabbed his throat and spit in his face as he was driving, according to police reports.

Artis Hughes, 59, was interviewed by officers shortly after the September 18 confrontation with Shi'dea Lane, 25, on a Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) bus.

Video of the fight (see below) went viral online this week, prompting RTA officials to suspend Hughes, a 22-year veteran, and characterize his behavior as "absolutely unacceptable."

When cops responded to the stopped bus around 4 PM, Hughes and three passengers described Lane (pictured at right) as the incident's aggressor. Hughes told cops that Lane initially boarded the bus without paying, claiming, "I left my bookbag."

Hughes said that after Lane, a restaurant employee, eventually paid her fare, she told him, "You a Bitch and Your Momma's a Bitch Too!" She also reportedly stated, "Keep talking about me and I will spit on you!"

In a written statement, Hughes recalled that Lane "grabbed me in the throat and spit on me in the face." In response, the driver said he stopped the bus, "and I protected myself." The Hughes statement does not reveal that he hit Lane squarely in the jaw with a bolo punch that knocked her to the ground.

One witness told cops that a "drunk" Lane "got on the bus fliping out" and "started talking crazy" to Hughes. After spitting on Hughes, the witness wrote in a statement, the driver "did what he had to do."

A second witness wrote that Lane was "loud and obnoxious" from the start, and spit on Hughes and "started hitting him." The witness added, "That's when he hit her back." A third witness described Lane as "drunk" and reported that "she hit him and he jumped out of his seat and started fighting her."

When first interviewed by cops, Hughes said he was willing to prosecute Lane. But a week after the incident, he called a police detective to report that he "did not wish to pursue prosecution of the female suspect." He subsequently signed a "Refuse to Prosecute Form."

Lane was not arrested at the scene. In fact, following the confrontation, she was transported to the restaurant where she works by police officers.

According to her Facebook page, Lane, the mother of a four-year-old girl, loves "2 go to church," and considers herself "a people person." In a May posting, Lane wrote that she was trying to get “famous and rich,” and referred to “being shot and stabbed in ma face,” which “prolly messed me up from tryin to model.”

Seven years ago, Lane was shot four times during a robbery at the home of a male friend. During the bus fight, Lane’s injuries from the stabbing prompted Hughes to comment, “Look like somebody done sliced your face up.” (6 pages)"

723 days ago
127.

SMH    

Black people

723 days ago
128.

moodypookie187    

Ignorance shouldn't be treated with more ignorance. He should have just restrained her and put her off the bus. Definitely unnecessary force. He didn't follow his company's policy regarding situations like these so he deserved to lose his job.

723 days ago
129.

UNLEVINED HARVEY    

ah mo snash dat weave

723 days ago
130.

campy    

What a typical hoodrat though, "I'll kick yo ass, I'll kick yo whole family's ass." Then she gets her ass kicked, "My boyfriend gonna kick yo ass!"

723 days ago
131.

Crackhead    

Someone should start an Indiegogo page to help this bus driver. I would donate a few bucks. It's wrong to get fired for defending yourself.

I suspect that the woman who got punched has a very long history with law enforcement authorities. She deserved it. Too bad he didn't knock her out cold.

723 days ago
132.

Joan K    

She axed for it and she got it, dumb loud mouth scank.

723 days ago
133.

laffnbear    

So many uncivil people who would have us all return to jungle law.
Too sad for words.
Read your Bible folks.
WWJD.

723 days ago
134.

Truth    

NO WONDER SHE GOT SHOT 4X AND STABBED DURING AN ARMED ROBBERY 4 YRS AGO... SHE WAS MOUTHING AND HITTING THE ROBBER AND HE TOOK CARE OF HER ASS THEN. GUESS SHE LEARNED NOTHING SINCE... #TRUTH!!

723 days ago
135.

Sunshine    

He should have beaten that BITCH like a rag-doll then dump her ghetto ass off the bus. Hate these ghetto low-class bitches. Total trash.

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