Artis Hughes was officially let go from his job. The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority announced today, that after reviewing the assault which Hughes said was an act of self-defense, they concluded that he has to go.
In the video, the woman is heard berating the driver, and attempts to physically attack him, but authorities weren't moved to allow Hughes to keep his job, so says their statement:
"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."
As for the woman, who is said to be 25 years old , the GCRTA acknowledged that she was "out of line," and have filed charges against her.
Hughes hasn't (yet) released his own statement but from the looks of the fade that he blessed the irate passenger with, he was already on the edge.
Maybe he could use a little time off.