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US Asian American bus driver attacked for enforcing masks, police say

02:43  31 july  2020
02:43  31 july  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Bus Passengers Attack Driver Who Tried to Enforce Mask Policy. A bus driver in San Francisco was recently attacked by three passengers while he was trying to enforce a mask -wearing The police said that they were not investigating the incident as a hate crime. But the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) reports that the number of racially-motivated attacks

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A bus driver of Asian descent was physically assaulted in San Francisco last week while trying to enforce mask rules, police said.

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The driver, who is employed by San Francisco’s Municipal Railway, or Muni, was struck by a wooden bat several times when attempting to escort three men off the bus after they refused to put on masks, according to the San Francisco Police Department.

Roger Marenco, president of the Transport Workers Union Local 250, which represents Muni drivers, told NBC Asian America that the victim, who was also spat on, told him that the three men used racial slurs at some point.

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Police are looking for a man they say assaulted an MTA bus driver , punching him in the face after being asked to put on a mask as he attempted to board an M2 bus in Manhattan on Monday.

They attacked employees instead, police said . As an increasing number of states and The two men were not wearing face masks when they entered a Trader Joe’s in Manhattan earlier this month. At one point, Escobar said he would return with a firearm, setting off a feeling of “fear and alarm to

Officer Robert Rueca, a department spokesman, said a preliminary investigation “did not indicate that race was a factor in this assault.” However, as further details arise, the focus of the investigation could shift, he said. No arrests have been made.

The three men reportedly boarded the bus without wearing masks. After they refused the driver’s orders to comply with the facial covering requirement, the driver pulled the bus over. An altercation ensued as the driver tried to escort the men off the bus and they eventually fled the scene “in an unknown direction,” Rueca said.

Marenco said that while this was a particularly severe confrontation, arguments prompted by the public transport’s face mask requirement have happened on a daily basis. He said he hopes the general public can step in to support drivers whenever possible, by documenting similar incidents on video or calling the authorities, or reminding other riders that boarding without a mask is a violation.

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(FOX NEWS) -- A San Francisco bus driver was allegedly beaten with a wooden baseball bat last week after asking three passengers to put on face masks to comply with the city’s coronavirus public health order. Three men boarded the bus operated by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

Police are looking for a man they say assaulted an MTA bus driver , punching him in the face after being asked to put on a mask as he attempted to board an M2 bus in Manhattan on Monday.

“If you see an operator trying to assist with facial coverings, could you please assist the operator so that he or she is not verbally assaulted or physically attacked because the operators are just trying to do their job and keep everyone in the bus as safe as possible,” he said.

Though this incident has not been classified as a hate crime, data shows that there has been a significant uptick in hate incidents directed at Asian Americans since the start of the pandemic. The reporting tool Stop AAPI Hate collected reports on more than 800 incidents of discrimination and harassment in three months during the pandemic in California alone.

In one incident in the early days of the pandemic, a 68-year-old Asian man was attacked while collecting cans in San Francisco in February. The altercation was caught on camera, showing bystanders piling on and hurling racist insults at the man.

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San Francisco police say the beating happened around 11th and Division Streets Wednesday afternoon after the Muni driver repeatedly asked three As the victim escorted the riders off the bus , Marenco says that’s when one of the suspects made racial slurs at the Asian driver , then spit on him

Eventually, the driver stopped the bus and said he was going to take it out of service. The young people got off the bus , but the driver saw one of them A spokesperson for the San Francisco police department said they were investigating the incident, but did not yet have any confirmed arrests, and


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