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Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 06/20/2010

Metro bus driver charged with assault

By Washington Post Editors

A Metro bus driver has been charged with assault after allegedly getting into a fight with a customer over the bus fare.

Metro Transit Police charged Vento Mickens with simple assault on Friday. Mickens was driving a 71 bus to Buzzard Point when the alleged incident took place near Georgia Avenue and Van Buren Street NW.

Metro spokeswoman Cathy Asato says that Mickens, who had worked for Metro for more than 23 years, is on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

--Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  | June 20, 2010; 11:09 AM ET
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Let's understand Metro's ofical position regarding bus driver interaction with unruly passengers. If a driver is in his seat and is PHYSICALLY attacked by a passenger he is NOT allowed to fight back. He has a phone above his head that he is expected to use to call for help. Of course nothing prevents the passenger from continuing his attack while the operator is trying to make the call. Common sense would indicate that the operator must first stop the physical attack so he can call for help. Unless he can stop it verbally he must take physical action to stop the attack. That results in a charge of simple assault. Notice that it was the Metro police who charged him not the District police.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | June 20, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

If stopping the bus, getting off, and assaulting an off-duty police officer dressed as McGruff, the anti-crime dog isn't grounds for dismissal, I doubt this will be, either.



Posted by: jayrockers | June 20, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

I fully support beating the crap out of fare evaders.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | June 21, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

He has nothing to worry about, he won't lose his job.

Posted by: jckdoors | June 21, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I heard that the METRO bus driver was spit on by the customer. Now if that is true I can't blame the bus driver for giving out "a nice 5 finger hello"....

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | June 21, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

That's a rough route.

Posted by: krickey7 | June 21, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

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