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Elderly Man Assaulted on LA Bus, Called a ‘Faggot’ for Sitting Next to a Man (Video)

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

An elderly man was verbally and physically assaulted on a metro bus in Los Angeles after he allegedly sat on another passenger. Enraged, the passenger, who claims he is a police officer, attacked the man.

Erica Rodriguez said she filmed the incident to show it to her husband because he does not realize “crazy stuff” happens on the bus regularly, according to KABC-TV. 

The incident took place at about 8 p.m. on Wednesday near Wilshire Avenue and Vermont Boulevard.

"It was definitely scary," Rodriguez said. "I mean, you hear about people on buses with guns all the time in LA and it was concerning, but luckily, that didn't happen."

On the video, the elderly man denies that he assaulted the passenger in the Raiders cap by sitting on him and can be heard threatening to call the police.

The angry passenger tells the elderly man, “I am the police, punk.”

The bus driver can be heard asking the man to “come on.”

Suddently the furious passenger stands up and shouts, “Why you want to sit next to me? You a faggot or something?”

Numerous other passengers try to get the man to settle down.

“It’s not necessary, bro. Please,” a bystander tells him.

But the man in Raiders cap continues to berate the elderly man, “You just steady squeeze your faggot-a-- next to me.”

The elderly man tries to reason with him, but the passenger won’t listen. “Sit your a-- over there,” he shouts, pointing across the bus.

“Gentleman, please,” says the bus driver again. “Do we have to call the police? Just let me know.”

“I am the police,” the man in the Raiders cap claims. “The police are already here.”

The argument escalates as he gets in the elderly man’s face, cursing and pointing. He tries to block himself with his arm as the man attacks him. He then asks the other passengers to call the police.

When the bus stops, the elderly man moves away from the attacker, who can be heard saying, “faggot-a-- white people."

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies claim they got a call about the incident, but when they arrived the man was gone.

Sources: laist.com, KABC-TV