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Metro bus drivers placed on leave

Two Metro bus drivers charged in weekend on-duty incidents have been placed on administrative leave while under investigation, according to Metro.

Shawn Todd, a bus driver arrested after midnight on Friday for allegedly soliciting an undercover D.C. police officer who posed as a prostitute, had worked at Metro since August 2008, said Metro spokesperson Cathy Asato. He was charged on Saturday.
There were three passengers on the D12 bus at the time of the incident, and Asato said they would have been transferred to another bus.

Bus driver Dwayne Adamson, arrested Friday for allegedly displaying a knife during a rush-hour traffic dispute while operating a U2 route bus, is still under investigation by the U.S. Attorney's office, which is interviewing witnesses to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to prosecute.

"We didn't feel that we had enough to go forward at this time, but we are continuing to investigate the matter," said principal assistant U.S. attorney Channing Phillips. Initially, the person who complained said incorrectly that Adamson had a gun, and later it was determined that instead he had a knife, said a U.S. official familiar with the case.

-- Ann Scott Tyson

By Michael Bolden  |  April 5, 2010; 7:44 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Metro , Safety  | Tags: Metro, metrobus  
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I think that this bus driver was provoked. The bus operators are catching hell with some riders. Example there are those that are menally ill; no fares; drunk or high on some sort of drug; cursing the drivers for being so called late. The buses are at times too hot and sometimes too cold. This man was taught not to carry weapons; but this man would not compromise his career unless he was provoked. Lay off the Brother and maybe give all bus driver pepper spray. Trying riding the U2, 90's the 30 buses. just give the man a verbal warning. These are some dangerous times and America is a dangerous place to be.

Posted by: rawdiamond61 | April 6, 2010 5:37 AM | Report abuse

I Concur with rawdiamond61 we need to give bus drivers pepper spray and a stun gun for these hood folk and their pants on da ground types.
Churches are joiking these days and deceiving the public like that one next door to 7D police in SE on Alabama Ave...What a bunch of Fake Tabernackers for alll Creeples.

Posted by: foxxmacpryor | April 6, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

As a Metro bus operator myself, I know firsthand the trials a day at work can place on an individual. However..I want to say first ,that there is always two versions to an event,..and then, the truth, which is rarely heard,until collateral damage has already been done. We have a tremendous responsibility with the safe delivery of our passengers,on top of dealing with every social misfit of society. On top of being transporters of the public, we have to be psychologists,emergency technicians,babysitters,peacekeepers,teachers,...and just now recently the butt of every joke! Give US the benefit of doubt, and try not generalizing us ALL as "scum" because of a few that fit the description. Personally,..I love my job,.but in the same breath, I am a fellow human being,first.

Posted by: phildadominican | April 6, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

As a Metro bus operator, I am highly dissatisfied with the treatment of Us, as public servants of the community. We are safe transporters of precious cargo,under hostile circumstances,on a daily basis,through the roughest terrains,dealing with every social defect imaginable. Ive had patrons tell me personally,that "I could never do this","Thank You" etc. We have to be not only Operators of Faulty equipment,but also Psychologists,Emergency Tech's,Baby-sitters,and now recently,..the butt of every joke. I admit, we've caught some bad press,recently,but let those who are worthy,receive our just due!!

Posted by: phildadominican | April 6, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

And yet, since 1996, Ride-On Transit has allowed a CONVICTED CHILD MOLESTER to retain his job, but fired the father of the 12 year old victim.

Would you allow your child to be on the same bus, being operated by a CONVICTED CHILD MOLESTER? Ride-On Transit & Montgomery County think there isn't a problem.

Posted by: Robbnitafl | April 6, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

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