SPEAKING OUT: RTA driver talks about bus - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

SPEAKING OUT: RTA driver talks about bus beatdown

BEACHWOOD, OH (WOIO) -

The RTA bus driver at the center of a beating caught on tape speaks out.

Artis Hughes walked out of Beachwood City Hall Monday after turning himself in.  He's charged with assault on a female passenger.  Hughes says, "I'm hoping to get my job back. I'm praying to get my job back. That's it, I'm praying to get my job back."

RTA suspended Hughes not long after video of him punching passenger Shidea Lane went viral. Lane faces disorderly conduct charges for harassing and spiting on the bus driver before he snapped.

Hughes told dozens of his supporters who cheered as he walked out of the building what happened to him wasn't right.  " Do your job. Do your job, and that's all I tried to do."

Other bus drivers who came to his defense say they want RTA to protect them from unruly passengers. Driver Linda Crockett-Woods tells us she had her front teeth knocked out by a passenger several years ago, and even had a gun pulled on her.  "All of us in one way or another. We've all been there and we're not going to take this."

Hughes is due in court next month. If found guilty he could get up to 6-months in jail. His supporters have set up a petition online.

Copyright 2012 WOIO. All rights reserved.

  • Seen on 19Seen on 19More>>

  • Powerball jackpot up to $535M, drawing Saturday

    Powerball jackpot up to $535M, drawing Saturday

    Thursday, August 17 2017 10:00 AM EDT2017-08-17 14:00:30 GMT
    Friday, August 18 2017 2:46 PM EDT2017-08-18 18:46:47 GMT
    (Source: WOIO)(Source: WOIO)

    No one matched the winning Powerball numbers on Wednesday August 16, 2017, increasing the next jackpot to $535 million for Saturday night's drawing.

    More >>

    No one matched the winning Powerball numbers on Wednesday August 16, 2017, increasing the next jackpot to $535 million for Saturday night's drawing.

    More >>
  • LOOK HERE: 2017-18 School start dates

    LOOK HERE: 2017-18 School start dates

    Friday, August 18 2017 2:43 PM EDT2017-08-18 18:43:41 GMT
    First day of school for students in NE Ohio. (Source: WOIO)First day of school for students in NE Ohio. (Source: WOIO)

    Summer is wrapping up and students all across the country and in northeast Ohio are headed back to school.  

    More >>

    Summer is wrapping up and students all across the country and in northeast Ohio are headed back to school.  

    More >>
  • Hopkins passenger reunited with valuable ring, thanks to TSA

    Hopkins passenger reunited with valuable ring, thanks to TSA

    Friday, August 18 2017 10:37 AM EDT2017-08-18 14:37:36 GMT
    Marijke Dauwen, who wears her deceased brother’s class ring as a tribute to him, was passing through a TSA security checkpoint at Hopkins in July when another passenger inadvertently picked up the ring. (Source: TSA)Marijke Dauwen, who wears her deceased brother’s class ring as a tribute to him, was passing through a TSA security checkpoint at Hopkins in July when another passenger inadvertently picked up the ring. (Source: TSA)

    A Transportation Security Administration Officer helped reunite a passenger traveling through Cleveland Hopkins International Airport with a valuable ring she misplaced at the airport last month.  

    More >>

    A Transportation Security Administration Officer helped reunite a passenger traveling through Cleveland Hopkins International Airport with a valuable ring she misplaced at the airport last month.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly