TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A Facebook video is making the rounds and drawing attention. In the video, a man is pinned in his seat on a Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) bus in Tampa as an older man is seen trying to restrain him. At one point, the older man smacks the other passenger.
A woman in a wheelchair is seen trying to intervene but is helpless against the stronger man above her.
Facebook commenters are saying the older man kicked the young man in the mouth, busting out some teeth.
8 On Your Side showed this video to a number of passengers who ride the very same route. “My brother is handicapped so I definitely wouldn’t let that happen,” Antwon Slater said.
Richard Harris, who is on probation, said he would even risk going back to prison to help the younger man. “I would get involved and defend that kid,” Harris said.
A man wearing an ID can be seen on the phone and then watching the struggle. 8 On Your Side wanted to know why the driver didn’t stop the fight. “We train to, the operators to deflect the situation verbally but never to interfere physically,” HART spokeswoman Sandra Morrison said.
Morrison said HART has a direct connection to dispatch in order to report situations like this. That way law enforcement officers can handle the problems.