A Cleveland bus driver has been suspended from the job after he punched a woman in the face and physically tossed her into the street.
“She want to be a man, I’m gonna treat you like a man,” the driver announced to passengers.
Artis Hughes, a 22-year employee of Cleveland’s Regional Transit Authority (RTA) “has been removed from duty” pending an investigation into the September incident, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Friday.
The punch and ensuing fight between Hughes and Shidea Lane, 25, was captured on cell phone video and posted on YouTube. The video went viral. It is unclear what started the fight.
An apparently irate Lane is seen arguing with the bus driver and a man who appears to be working on the bus. Hughes said Lane then threatened him.
Hughes stood up from the driver’s seat and landed an uppercut on the woman’s chin before grabbing her off her feet and throwing her into the street.
Lane quickly got back on the bus and threw a punch at the driver. Passengers broke up the brawl.
Transit and local police were called to the scene, but both parties declined to press charges, The Plain Dealer reported.