Milwaukee Bus Brawl

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A fight breaks out between a Milwaukee County bus driver and a passenger and surveillance video captures the whole thing. Fox’s Bret Lemoine has the footage.
A group gets on a Milwaukee County bus back on September 11th. A passerby hops on to say hello to some friends. Bus surveillance video shows the driver shuts a door on a man witnesses say is transgender. Both sides get upset, yelling back and forth, with the driver shouting homophobic slurs. Witnesses say the man spit at the driver and the driver spits back.
“Both men were acting inappropriately but only one of them works for Milwaukee County Transit.”
M.C.T.S.  Spokesman Brendan Conway says the driver, a 30-year veteran with the company, violated a number of policies.
What happens next may be the biggest offense. The passenger appears to back away and get off the bus but the driver makes the decision to get out of his chair and protected area and throw a garbage can at the man.
“He left the bus, which he’s never supposed to do. At that point, he left all those people on the bus in danger.”
This is cell phone video given to Fox6 by a passenger. It shows the two punching each other in the middle of 12th and Wisconsin.
“They was both calling each other names. They was both spitting at each other – but you got to look at who was the aggressive one.”
Union leaders say they are backing the driver and have filed a grievance with M.C.T.S.
“Yeah, he should get his job back.”
But Conway says this driver reached his final stop after a string of bad choices.
“Most of our employees here do amazing jobs every day.”
“In this case, the driver was not reflecting the values of mats and so he was let go because of that.”
That was Fox’s Bret Lemoine reporting.
Neither party will face criminal charges for the altercation. However both men are expected to be issued citations.

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