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Default Negro Arrest In WM Minneapolis Bus Driver Beating Caught On Camera


Police Make Arrest In Bus Driver Beating Caught On Camera
April 18, 2018 at 11:16 am

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Police have made an arrest in the case of a Metro Transit bus driver who was brutally attacked on the job last week.

The assault happened last week on the Route 5 bus in north Minneapolis. A rider caught the entire unprovoked beating on camera and posted it to social media.

“I don’t know anybody who can look at this video and think that it is anything less than disgusting,” said Metro Transit spokesman Howie Padilla.

Since then, transit police officers have been searching for the suspect.

On Wednesday morning, police said they’d taken 26-year-old Sterling Verloz Smith into custody, and he’s being held on charges of third-degree assault, and obstructing operation of a transit vehicle. He may also receive a fourth-degree assault charge, according to police documents.

The attack left the bus driver with blood on his nose and upper lip, an abrasion to his right eyelid, and several scrapes on his forehead, according to the complaint. The driver told police he was suffering from double-vision as a result of the assault, as well. He’s still resting at home.

Transit officials say shortly before the assault, three women boarded a bus at Emerson and 15th Avenue North and one started swearing. When the driver asked her to stop, one woman became combative, so authorities were called and the bus was stopped.

In the meantime, a woman who was already on the bus called her boyfriend, identified in the complaint as Smith, who came to the stopped bus to meet her.

After escorting her off the bus, Smith began attacking the driver.

“No one took an opportunity to step in and help,” Metro Transit western district captain Anthony Hines said. “It was disheartening.”
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