The bus driver from the infamous “Uppercut” video has been officially fired from his job.
After being caught on camera uppercutting a female passenger, Cleveland bus driver Artis Hughes was terminated due to the incident. Hughes punched the passenger after she attempted to choke him and spit on him.
The Cleveland Regional Transit Authority released a statement regarding his termination:
“Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) has terminated Artis Hughes from his operator position today…
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.
In the Artis Hughes situation, the customer was out of line and charges have been filed against her.
However, while customers may be challenging or difficult to handle, RTA employees are instructed to exercise restraint and to conduct themselves professionally at all times.**
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.
Employees should take precautions in situations such as this one to protect the safety of other RTA customers and the public. Mr. Hughes did not take the proper precautions, nor did he follow procedure.
For the above reasons, Mr. Hughes has been terminated from RTA.”
I’m glad that the Sheida Lane (female passenger) is having charges pressed against her because she was completely out of line as well.