Man accused of punching RTA bus driver after fight over music

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CLEVELAND -- Another RTA bus driver has been attacked on the job, according to police, and it was all caught on camera.

The suspect, Latroy Garrison, is facing assault charges for allegedly punching a driver at W. 117th and Detroit Avenue on July 3.

In the video released by RTA, you can see the suspect getting on the bus just after 11:00 p.m. The driver asks the suspect to turn down his music, but according to authorities, a fight escalated.

"I'm not going to kick you off; I want you to stay on the bus," said the driver.

But police explain the suspect then threatened the driver further, using profanity.

The driver contacted police and while everyone waited outside of the bus for them to arrive, things got out of hand.

In the RTA video, it shows the driver being hit by the suspect more than once.

"We have to tell you what's right, and if you don't like it, don't ride," said William Nix, who represents the RTA membership of about 1700 drivers.

"We should not have to come to work in fear. My members need to do their job.
This is their office space," he said.

Nix said the drivers have been violated several times; including the incident involving Artis Hughes in 2012, and more recently in late June when an RTA driver had a gun held to her head during an armed robbery.

Nix said enough is enough. These attacks on RTA bus drivers keep happening
and he believes something needs to change.  He hopes for more transit police to be hired so they can patrol the bus stops.

Several riders told FOX 8 they agree with that idea.

"I ride the bus a lot, but I ride with other people because I'm afraid," said Brandy Hager.

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