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Wednesday
Nov142012

Baltimore Bus Brawl Between Driver and Juvenile Passenger Caught on Tape

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) -- A Baltimore bus driver has been suspended following a brawl with a female student who the driver accused of "being disrespectful." The tussle was caught on tape and posted to YouTube.

When the video begins, the female bus driver is standing over the passenger and struggling with her as the teenager kicks and punches the bus driver. When the passenger stands up, the two wrestle their way to the back of the vehicle with the bus driver holding the girl by her arm and by her hair. The two struggled to the back of the bus with the girl throwing several punches at the driver's head and shoulder. The driver eventually pushes the girl into a corner seat.

The driver seems to be shouting, "You want to fight somebody?" The passenger answers, "No."

The passenger can also be heard saying, "Get off of me." Other passengers were shouting, videotaping and some laughter can be heard.

It is unclear what initiated the fight.

 

When the fighting stopped, the two women had an inaudible tense exchange before the bus driver returned to the front of the bus. "You shouldn't have jumped in my face," the passenger said.

Moments later, the driver can be heard saying, "It wasn't about that. It's about being disrespectful."

The incident occurred on Monday at around 2 p.m. and the video was posted to YouTube on Tuesday. It has been viewed over 106,000 times.

"The bus operator reported that an incident had occurred on her bus and then we got calls from media informing us that it has been posted on YouTube," Maryland Transit Administration spokesman Terry Owens told ABC News. "The report included some details, but I'm not going to discuss the content of that report."

Neither the bus driver nor the passenger have been identified. Owens said the the driver has been with the agency since 2003 and that the passenger involved was a student and a juvenile. He said no one was seriously injured.

The driver has been suspended without pay, pending the results of an investigation, according to Owens.

"We hold the safety of our passengers and employees as our highest priority at the MTA," he said. "Our employees are expected to respect this policy and passengers are expected to abide by the rules and policies of the agency when using our systems."

The incident is being investigated by the Maryland Transit Administration Police.

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Thursday
Oct112012

Philadelphia Wedding Brawl: Groom's Brother Maintains Innocence

ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) -- A man accused of assaulting police officers and rioting in last Sunday's wedding brawl at a Philadelphia hotel said he's innocent of the charges.

Matthew Sofka, who'd attended his brother's wedding at a different locale, gave the first insider's account of how two couples' wedding nights ended in chaos. In a video of the brawl, the 26-year-old Sofka -- the son of a former police officer -- is seen receiving repeated hits with a police baton and a Tasering before he was arrested and thrown into jail.

According to Sofka's lawyer, Fortunato Perri Jr., when Sofka arrived at the Sheraton Society Hill hotel from his brother's wedding reception with family and friends, the melee involving a separate wedding party held at the Sheraton Society Hill was already under way.

Perri told ABC News that Sofka's girlfriend was thrown to the ground, and that his client was trying to help her up when he was "approached by police from behind. ...Unaware who was behind him, he extended an arm."

Police said the fight, fueled by alcohol and rising tempers, had taken over the Sheraton's bar and lobby. The entire brawl was captured on video and posted on YouTube by a 15-year-old hotel guest, Max Schultz, who was awakened by the ruckus. The video has gone viral, and has been viewed more than 900,000 times.

Perri said that Sofka, who was released from jail Monday on $25,000 bail, was struck by one officer and put into a choke hold by another.

"Other members of the police department continued to try to subdue him. Ultimately he was [Tasered], I believe a couple of times," Perri said.

According to the criminal complaint, police said the force was justified because Sofka "knowingly, intentionally or recklessly caused/attempted to cause bodily injury" to a police sergeant. The complaint goes on to say that Sofka, and approximately three others, "punched and kicked the sergeant in the head and body."

Wedding guests have fired back at the police response and their use of force to control the massive brawl.

Perri said the fight had nothing to do with the Sofka wedding party, but that the incident had taken the biggest toll on Sofka's new family, as the uncle of 28-year-old Nicole Sannuti, Sofka's new sister-in-law, died that night.

Vincent Sannuti reportedly tried to move his family away from the fight and then collapsed outside the hotel. The 57-year-old later died after reportedly suffering a heart attack.

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Tuesday
Dec272011

Several Arrested After Fights Break Out at Mall of America

TIMO GANS/AFP/Getty Images(BLOOMINGTON, Minn.) -- At least nine people were arrested Monday night following a melee that broke out at the Mall of America in Minnesota.

Witnesses say the fighting originated in the food court and involved more than 50 people.  Those involved were throwing tables and chairs in what appeared to be a girl fight.

"Well, these girls were taking off on this other girl, and I guess she was getting jumped.  She got hit in the head with a chair and she like, she was knocked out for a second," says Xavier Townsend, who witnessed the brawl.

Following that incident, approximately 10 other scuffles erupted throughout the mall.

Police say it took about 30 police officers over an hour to control the situation.  No one was seriously injured, according to officials.

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Monday
Dec122011

Cincinnati Basketball Brawl Could Lead to Charges

ESPN/ABC News(CINCINNATI) -- An Ohio prosecutor is considering criminal charges in the wake of Saturday’s bench-clearing brawl between cross-city basketball rivals Cincinnati and Xavier.

Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters said he would review the game to determine if criminal charges such as aggravated battery are appropriate. The two schools suspended eight players on Sunday over the incident and now their coaches are struggling to make sense of what happened.

Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin, appearing on ESPN, threatened to keep his players benched if they don’t apologize publicly: “They’re going to sit in front of a camera and say how sorry they are and how grateful they are for getting a second chance.” Cronin suggested the episode was personally humiliating. “I’ve never been this embarrassed.”

The most egregious punch was thrown by Cincinnati forward Yancy Gates, who smashed Xavier’s Kenny Frease in the face, leaving him with a swollen black eye. Cincinnati suspended Gates, junior Cheikh Mbodj and freshman Octavius Ellis for six games each. Freshman Ge’Lawn Guyn was suspended for one game. Cronin said the four suspended players will have to earn their way back on to the team.

“They have no idea of how lucky they are to even be on this team, at this school, let alone to be on scholarships,” the angry coach said.

But Xavier players defended their actions after the game. At a post-game news conference, star guard Tru Holloway complained of being “disrespected” by Cincinnati players before the game. “We got a whole lot of gangsters in the locker room, not thugs but tough on the court.”

Those words led to a one-game suspension as Xavier coach Chris Mack clearly was unhappy with Holloway’s remarks. “It was the wrong choice of words and it’s a problem and our fault for putting them up there (at a news conference) in the first place,” Mack added.

Xavier suspended three other players: Dezmine Wells, who was ejected, along with Landen Amos, and Mark Lyons. The fight led game officials to call the game with 9.4 seconds left and 8th-ranked Xavier leading 76-53.

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