Over the weekend, folks all over the country were in an uproar over an incident on a local Cleveland bus that went haywire. There was a 22- year career at stake, but once a female passenger became irate and began to hit and push the driver…well, of course, all hell broke loose!
The 25-year old female passenger, Shi’dea Lane, is shown on a now viral cell phone video from September 18, just a cussin’, pushin’, and maybe even spittin’ on a 59-year old male bus driver Artis Hughes, now known as “Smokin’ Joe Frasier”. We gave him that moniker because of the vicious upper cut he delivered to Lane’s chin after she pushed him just a little too far.
Lane claims she was simply trying to find money for the bus when the heated exchange began. She said in a report with Fox 8 news:
“He didn’t think I had any money to get on the bus and I was looking for it and trying to tell him I have money to get on the bus can you just let me find it.”
But when you look at the video you cannot discern how the altercation began, but you most certainly see how and who ends it. It appears that Lane is attacking Hughes while he’s driving a Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) bus. He repeatedly tells her to “get behind the yellow line.” But instead, she is constantly badgering him and gets to the point where she threatens to spit on him. You can hear him daring her to spit on him. Whether she does or not is unclear, but the video shows her pushing him.
The video of the encounter was first posted by WorldStarHipHop.com on Friday, October 12, after according to Cleveland.com, the RTA officials was given the video on October 11. After they reviewed the incident, they immediately suspended Hughes for the punch and apologized to riders saying in a statement:
“RTA saw the video posted on YouTube of the operator incident on October 11. Through the investigation, we believe the incident occurred on Sept. 18. Upon identifying the driver, he was immediately suspended and removed from duty. His behavior is absolutely unacceptable. RTA apologizes to our customers for this incident. A full investigation continues.”
Since that time, the video has gone viral with a few million views on YouTube. In the video, Lane pushes him and obviously this is the last straw because he gets up and tells Lane,
“You’re going to jail now.”
Then, without warning, Hughes delivers the blow of the century when he delivered an uppercut punch to Lane, who falls backward and loses her ponytail. Passengers are losing it and you can hear some yelling “That’s a female!” To which he replied:
“Wanna be a man? I’m going to treat you like a man.”
After he hit her and threw her off the bus, she tries to get back on, but he chokes her and they are in a scuffle. Obviously, this isn’t Lane’s first go-round with such an altercation because she took that blow to the chin like a prized fighter. Maybe, she should put her idiotic behavior to good use and try her luck in a real ring.
According to Cleveland.com, neither of them pressed charges on the scene when Transit Police and Beachwood Police arrived. This incident has gained controversial comments and surprisingly a lot of female commenters sided with the bus driver in believing that she got what she deserved.
Check out the full video of the incident below and judge for yourself. Also, there’s a video of Shi’dea Lane telling her side of the story to Fox 8 news. Read the Huffington Post report for even more updated details of the incident.
Full video of incident:
One man’s comments on the incident. (Warning! explicit language)