A brutal attack on a bus driver in Cleveland, Ohio, has landed four juveniles in custody, and now public transit union representatives are calling for preventative action.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, four teenage boys, two 17-year-olds and two 14-year-olds, stood outside a bus stop, loading socks with rocks. When the bus arrived, the teens boarded and began beating the driver in her face, neck and shoulders. Another took a swing at her before she managed to shut the doors.
The bus driver was treated at a local hospital for her injuries. Another passenger was hit during the attack, but he declined medical treatment.
WKYC reports that this is the 18th attack on an RTA driver this year; there have been seven more attacks this year than the year prior. RTA says bus drivers have decided not to have a protective barrier installed, but union representatives say the RTA needs to hire more transit police and ensure all the equipment works.
Transit Union representative William Nix said: "When she pushed the priority button, that radio should've worked. That would've given the transit police more of a response time. She had to drive down the street some ways and then get off the bus.”
The teenagers have all been booked on aggravated assault charges. An RTA spokesperson credited the RTA police force's detective work for the quick arrests. Other videos show the teens walking around the neighborhood with their rock-filled socks shortly before the incident, but they ran towards the bus as they saw it approaching.
So far, no motive for the vicious attack has been disclosed by the Cleveland Police Department or RTA.