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CLEVELAND TRANSIT AUTHORITY: GIVE BUS DRIVER HIS JOB BACK!
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CLEVELAND TRANSIT AUTHORITY: GIVE BUS DRIVER HIS JOB BACK!

CLEVELAND TRANSIT AUTHORITY: GIVE BUS DRIVER HIS JOB BACK!

    1. Petition by

      Supporter of Cleveland Bus Driver

      Tuskegee, AL

This is so important because employees should not be at risk of losing their jobs for protecting themselves from physical harm. I must admit that the video showing the bus driver uppercutting the abusive passenger looked bad, but there are always two sides to a story. Although the video clearly shows the bus driver uppercutting the woman, the part of the video where she spit on him and physically assaulted him, hitting him several times, is not as clearly seen, but as I looked closely, I saw it. If you look closely to the video, you will see it, too. It is WRONG for the Cleveland bus driver to lose his job that he has faithfully held for 22 years because he was forced to defend himself against an abusive passenger. This woman, Shidea Lane, walked up to him as he was sitting in his driver's seat, spit on him, and then tried to choke him as stated by Artis Hughes and several witnesses in a police statement. What else was this bus driver supposed to do? He didn't know if she had a knife or a gun, and she clearly would not get off of the bus when he requested that she do so numerous times. Because she choked him and spit on him, there was no way for the bus driver to know what else she was going to do to him, so he was forced to defend himself. Not only did Shidea Lane put the bus driver's life in danger, but she put everyone else on the bus in danger as well because the bus was in motion when Ms. Lane physically assaulted the bus driver. This situation could have escalated much more than it did, and that is not the fault of this bus driver. Ask yourself, "What would you do if someone spit on you and choked you while you were driving a bus full of innocent passengers? Would you not be compelled to defend yourself against the possibility of more physical abuse, harm, and/or danger? This bus driver has been faithfully employed with the Cleveland Transit Authority for 22 years and has never hit anyone. It is only fair and reasonable that the Cleveland Transit Authority support their own workers and stand for what is right instead of letting the public persuade them. It is NOT fair for this bus driver to lose his job when he did not instigate the fight and he was choked and spit on and was put in a position to HAVE to defend himself. Instead of suspending and/or firing this bus driver, the Cleveland Transit Authority should be filing charges against Shidea Lane and fully supporting their own hardworking employee. Passengers that ride the bus should not be allowed to physically assault their workers and the Cleveland Transit should support their workers' right to defend themselves. If the Cleveland Transit Authority will not support their own workers, then who will? I know who will. We will! Thanks for signing the petition.

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    1. Reached 5,000 signatures
    2. Cleveland Bus Driver Has Been FIRED!

      Supporter of Cleveland Bus Driver
      Petition Organizer

      According to the International Business Times, Cleveland Transit bus driver, Artis Hughes has been terminated from his job due to the uppercut incident. It is more important now than ever to continue signing this petition! Let's get the word out and help Mr. Hughes get his job BACK! Thanks for your support...

      Supporter of Cleveland Bus Driver, Artis Hughes

    3. Reached 2,000 signatures
    4. This song, "U Can't Touch Me" is dedicated to Artis Hughes...

      Supporter of Cleveland Bus Driver
      Petition Organizer

      We support you Mr. Hughes. Hang in there and keep the faith!! Your enemies can't TOUCH you!

      http://youtu.be/0C9vnNy3dcc

      U Can't Touch Me (OH Yeah)

      This song is track #1 on the Gospel album, "Overwhelmed." Written, composed, and produced by Cathy Hernandez-Brown/GGTG Productions. Visit the artist's website at www.cathyhernandezbrown.wix.com to order Gospel albums and inspirational books by Cathy Hernandez-Brown. Copyright 2012@BMI/GGTG Productions All Rights Reserved

    5. THE WORLD'S MOST NOTORIOUS UPPERCUT IN AMERICAN HISTORY!

      Supporter of Cleveland Bus Driver
      Petition Organizer
      THE WORLD'S MOST NOTORIOUS UPPERCUT IN AMERICAN HISTORY!

      We all know by now that Shidea Lane got knocked out by Artis Hughes during a fight on the Cleveland transit. What some people don't seem to understand is why. After being cussed out, choked, and spit on, supporters of Mr. Hughes believe that he had no other choice but to defend himself.

    6. Email the Cleveland RTA & Support Artis Hughes!

      Supporter of Cleveland Bus Driver
      Petition Organizer

      I, the petitioner have sent a letter to the Cleveland RTA requesting that they consider the overwhelming public support of Mr. Artis Hughes in regards to his employment with the RTA. If you would like to email the Cleveland RTA, please do so at: gm@gcrta.org. Let them know that we support Artis Hughes! Thanks.

      Sincerely:
      Supporter of Cleveland Bus Driver

      Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

      © 2005 Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Main Office | 1240 West 6th Street | Cleveland, Ohio 44113-1302 | 216-566-5100

    7. Reached 1,500 signatures
    8. Cleveland Bus Uppercut Recipient Speaks Out

      Supporter of Cleveland Bus Driver
      Petition Organizer

      A couple of days ago, for the first time, Shidea Lane (uppercut recipient) spoke publicly about the "uppercut incident" that has made national news. Although Ms. Lane stated that she was shocked that a man would hit a woman that hard and that she felt as if she was in Mortal Combat, she declined to answer the reporter of Fox 8 News in Cleveland when asked whether or not she hit and/or spit on Mr. Hughes (the Cleveland Transit bus driver who punched her). Watch the video of her interview refusing to take any responsibility for the incident, and read the full story at the following link:

      http://www.inquisitr.com/362677/cleveland-bus-uppercut-victim-speaks-out-about-fight-video/

      Cleveland Bus Uppercut Victim Speaks Out About Fight [Video]

      The female passenger who was punched in the jaw by a Cleveland bus driver is giving her side of the story. Given the force of the blow from the driver, "I felt like I was on Mortal Kombat," she revealed.

    9. Social Media Comes to Defense of RTA Bus Driver

      Supporter of Cleveland Bus Driver
      Petition Organizer

      In light of the police report details and a second video of the incident that have now come out, which were not made public when the video was first posted online, many have come to Hughes defense saying that he did what he needed to do to protect himself. In fact, a Facebook page was created to rally support for Hughes, which as of publication has over nearly 7,000 "likes." The group is called "In defense of Cleveland RTA driver not being fired." According to police, who interviewed Hughes following the Sept. 18 incident with Shidea Lane, 25, on an RTA bus, he told them that he struck the woman after she grabbed his throat and spit in his face while he was driving.

      Read the entire article printed by the Cleveland Leader at the following link: http://www.clevelandleader.com/node/19074

      Social Media Comes to the Defense of Cleveland Bus Driver Who Punched Girl | Cleveland Leader

      Recently, a video was posted to YouTube which showed a Cleveland bus driver delivering a powerful uppercut to an out-of-control female passenger. The video went viral this week, which prompted the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority to suspend Artis Hughes, 59, a 22-year veteran, and to characterize his behavior as "absolutely unacceptable."

    10. Cleveland Bus Driver Suspended from RTA!

      Supporter of Cleveland Bus Driver
      Petition Organizer

      After working for the Cleveland Transit Authority for 22 years, Cleveland bus driver, Artis Hughes has been suspended from his job after a video surfaced on Youtube showing him punching a female passenger. The suspension of Mr. Hughes has been confirmed by the Cleveland RTA as reported by Fox News. Read the complete article at the following link:

      http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/10/12/cleveland-bus-driver-suspended-after-video-shows-him-punching-female-rider/

      Cleveland bus driver suspended after video shows him punching female rider

      WARNING (GRAPHIC VIDEO): A Cleveland bus driver has been suspended following the surfacing of an online viral video depicting him viciously punching a female passenger, transit officials told FoxNews.com. The 94-second video - posted on WorldstarHipHop.com and on YouTube.com - begins with an unidentified woman shouting obscenities at the bus driver.

    11. Reached 750 signatures

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    • Ramon Robledo FERN PARK, FL
      • 8 months ago

      This man should not have been fired. Would his company rather have a bruised humiliated bus driver on there hands? They could have made a statement about violence towards bus drivers but instead they chose to fire this man and perpetuate the idea that public servants are everyone's door mats

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    • Mark Brewster FORT WAYNE, IN
      • 10 months ago

      People in 'service professions' should NOT have to endure abuse from the public they're paid to 'serve', as this man was. I'D STILL be in jail, because I'd likely have crippled that female....spit on somebody, smh.

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    • Tammy Auten LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ
      • 11 months ago

      There's no justice, just us!

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    • magdalen cope DORSET ENGLAND, AA
      • 11 months ago

      Freedom of faith is important

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    • edwin cintron CHULA VISTA, CA
      • 11 months ago

      It's time to stand up for whats right. The man did nothing wrong. Besides it was the students that asked for prayer. what authority does this school think it has to tell someone they are breaking protocol because this man prayed for students. THE STUDENT ASKED FOR PRAYER AND IT IS THAT STUDENTS RIGHT AS FREEDOM OF RELIGION TO RECEIVE THAT PRAYER.

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