|On September 5 2015 @ approximately 7:05 PM I was brutally assaulted while on layover at Sherbrook and Broadway. The attack was unprovoked and without warning (Yes unprovoked despite my reputation…..Union and management will back me up on that)
Receive a concussion that led to months of headaches. Several bit marks (Fortunately no broken skin) and lots of hairs pulled out. Along with the drivers side window smashed
A 6 minute attack that is considered by many of those that seen the video to be one of the most brutal they have seen. (4 operation supervisors and a union rep) Some have never seen worse.
A passerby was my initial savior who first contained the assailant for a bit. When the assault continued for a short time after escaping the passerby’s attempt to restrain the assailant a road supervisor arrived and pulled the assailant of me (I truly wish I could remember his name) followed immediately by WPS who took the “suspect” into custody.
The assailant was a 17 year old native female. 2 to 3 inches taller then me and out weighed me by a good 50 pounds,
I missed several days work after that and a few more after later on due to headaches. My broken glasses and time off where covered without issue by WCB.
I believe it was early 2015 that the The House of commons passed a bill that made assaulting a bus driver equal to assaulting a police officer (Aggravated assault I believe is the term) Basically saying….A more serious penalty.
She pleaded guilty and today was sentencing day
The crown mentioned several times how brutal the attack was. And also mentioned the new laws protecting drivers several times.
Defense went with the race card with statements that her grandmother was a child of the Residential schools. Also went with drinking problems and that she did not get along with mother and sister prior to the assault.
Judge started of asking her how she was getting along with her mom and sister. Asked her how counselling was going etc etc. During this time I leaned over to my supervisor who was also there and whispered ” why do I feel like I am in the principles office”
Judgment came up as follows (Just the basics here)
Needless to say…..I am disgusted by the result. Not sure what would have made me happy in sentencing. May not have been happy of 3 months in custody….but would have been accepting of that. But 3 months deferred custody? No bus ban?
Might as well take down the code of conduct…
We are out there on our own kids…..We have no legal back up
A letter sent to the administrator from Mr. Cooter
You might say is old news but in fact, risks are extremely high for bus operators in these days.
Incident comes on heels of fatal stabbing that killed Winnipeg bus driver
The arrest of a Winnipeg Transit passenger in possession of an axe and brass knuckles on Friday night raises more concerns for bus drivers, says their union president.
The incident is the latest in a string of troubling events that have occurred recently on city buses, Amalgamated Transit Union president John Callahan said Saturday morning.
“I’m very concerned,” said Callahan. “There’s so many operators right now that are scared.”
Police confirmed Saturday they arrested a 22-year-old male at Watt Street and Nairn Avenue just after 9:30 p.m. Friday night.
Officials said the suspect got on the bus near Regent Avenue and Bond Street shortly after 9 p.m.
Braedon Andrew was sitting in the back of the half-full bus and said the suspect started waving the axe around.
“[A] suspicious looking person was waving around the axe, not trying to like intimidate anyone really, but just really being awkward and holding it out,” he said.
A few passengers saw what was happening and were able to disarm the suspect, Andrew said. The passengers then led the suspect off the bus with the help of the driver.
“I definitely felt threatened because anyone wielding an axe on the bus is not a good sign,” Andrew said.
When police arrived the suspect was standing on the sidewalk.
He’s since been detained on two counts of possession of a weapon and two counts of failing to comply with conditions.
The incident comes on the heels of a fatal stabbing that left Winnipeg Transit driver Irvine Jubal Fraser dead after his last stop of the night at the University of Manitoba on Feb. 14.
Callahan said drivers are becoming increasingly worried about their safety and one bus operator received a threat earlier in the week.
“Her husband, who’s also a driver, actually rode with her last night. So it’s fortunate that that incident didn’t happen on their bus, but there’s a lot of concern out there.”
Callahan said since Fraser’s death, there have been other troubling incidents on city buses.
‘People being totally outrageous’
He said that last weekend, a passenger threatened to stab a driver. And earlier on Friday, another passenger was caught with two steak knives in his pockets.
After last weekend’s incident, “the operator called into the control centre very upset,” Callahan said, adding some passengers are “pushing buttons” to make things worse.
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“There was a passenger that was asked to scan their transfer by another bus operator and he said, ‘You know what, this is why you guys get killed.’
“Some people are being just totally outrageous in the comments that they’re making in light of such a serious issue.”
Courtesy of CBC News
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