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The Cleveland RTA driver who punched an irate passenger is convicted of assault
Cell-phone video of the fight between Artis Hughes and the woman went viral
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


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Artis Hughes was captured on cell phones punching a woman passenger who was abusing him.
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An Cleveland RTA driver was convicted of assault today for punching an irate passenger.

Atris Hughes faces six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for throwing the upper cut last September that was captured on cell-phone videos and went viral.

The images also captured the passenger, Shi Dea Lane, shouting and apparently spitting at Hughes after he ordered to pay her bus fare. Lane is facing disorderly conduct charges.

After the incident, RTA suspended and eventually fired Hughes.The transit authority says Hughes did not act in self-defense as he claimed. It says he should have called the transit police and let them handle the situation.

This assault, and several attacks on other drivers, has led RTA to install surveillance cameras on more buses and to test protective barriers for drivers.   

 

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