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Old 04-13-2013, 08:02 PM
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StarTran Bus Driver Caught Beating a Rider on Video Before Dragging Him Out

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A StarTran bus driver caught beating a rider on video and then dragging him onto O Street was fired this week.

Troy Fischer, 43, punches the 40-year-old man 18 times in the video while the bus was at 84th and O streets March 23.

He then throws the passenger to the floor, before dragging him out of the bus as the man holds onto the door.

Fischer leaves the man in the eastbound lane of O Street and takes off, making a left-hand turn into the Southeast Community College campus.

"I put him off the bus," he tells his supervisor over the radio in the video shot by cameras on the bus. "It wasn't pretty."

City Public Works and Utilities Department Director Miki Esposito on Friday said Fischer was fired Thursday after he had an opportunity to rebut allegations against him during a disciplinary hearing. She also released footage from the four bus cameras.

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Lincoln police cited Fischer for misdemeanor assault after interviewing him the day after the alleged assault, Flood said.

Fischer, a StarTran driver for four years, was suspended without pay two days after the incident.

"Mr. Fischer's actions are reprehensible," Esposito said. "This type of behavior is not, cannot and will not be tolerated by the city of Lincoln."

Before throwing punches, Esposito said Fischer called his supervisor to say he had a difficult passenger.

The supervisor advised Fischer to tell the passenger to get off the bus or he would contact police.

Esposito said he ignored that instruction and called the supervisor back after the alleged assault.

"His directions were blatantly ignored," Esposito said. "He took matters into his own hands."

On camera, Fischer asks his supervisor not to watch the tape and whether he can erase the footage. That led the supervisor to pull the footage from the bus's cameras and check it out.

He also ordered Fischer to abandon his route and return to the garage 1 1/2 hours before the end of his shift. Another driver filled in.

A background check on Fischer came back clean, and the most severe reprimand he received in his four years as a driver was a warning for a traffic violation, Esposito said.

"There were no warnings or red flags," she said.

Fischer expressed remorse during his disciplinary hearing, Esposito said.

Police officers took a statement from the alleged victim the day of the attack.

He said he was from Colorado Springs, Colo., and had moved to Lincoln about two months earlier, Flood said.

Investigators have not been able to reach him using the address and phone number he gave officers.

Fischer's only criminal record in Nebraska is a 2004 Hall County DUI case that was dismissed

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Nebraska Bus Driver Assaults a Passenger for Asking Too Many Questions: Fired [video]

Surveillance footage shows driver Troy Fischer punching a passenger, then dragging him off the bus. The Lincoln, Neb. driver has been fired from his job.


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A Nebraska bus driver brutally attacked and dragged a passenger off a bus for allegedly asking too many questions.

Troy Fischer, 43, was fired from the StarTran Bus Service after the March 23 incident. He has been cited on suspicion of misdemeanor assault.

In a video released by the city of Lincoln, Neb., Fischer can be heard reprimanding the lone passenger after he asked a question about the bus route. Police say the rider was new to the area.

“What did I say about the next question you ask me?” Fischer says before aggressively telling his passenger to get off the bus.


Fischer stops driving, shoves the man onto a seat and punches him in the head and chest 18 times.


The bus driver grabs the man’s jacket and drags him out the front door of the vehicle, leaving him on the side of the road.


"I put him off the bus," he tells his supervisor over the radio. "It wasn't pretty."

Miki Esposito, director for the city's Public Works and Utilities Department, said Fischer was fired after a disciplinary hearing that allowed him to rebut the allegations.

Esposito called Fischer's actions reprehensible, the Journal Star reports.


"This type of behavior is not, cannot and will not be tolerated by the city of Lincoln," she said.

Esposito said that the bus driver had notified his supervisor about an unruly passenger before the attack started.

The supervisor told Fischer to give his passenger two options — either leave voluntarily or answer to the police.

Instead of following instructions, Fischer took matters into his own hands.


After exploding at his passenger, Fischer can be heard on the video asking his supervisor whether he could erase the surveillance footage.

The supervisor, suspecting that something was amiss, told Fischer to abandon his route and come back to the garage.

The bus driver had worked for the StarTran company for four years. During that time, he was only cited for a traffic violation.

“There were no warnings or red flags,” Esposito said.

Investigators have not been able to locate the passenger since the day of the attack.



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Re: Nebraska Bus Driver Assaults a Passenger for Asking Too Many Questions: Fired [vi

from the footage the guys is a scumbag. I would like to see what happened before

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Re: StarTran Bus Driver Caught Beating a Rider on Video Before Dragging Him Out

Wasn't this the vid I posted last night?

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Re: StarTran Bus Driver Caught Beating a Rider on Video Before Dragging Him Out

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Wasn't this the vid I posted last night?
you posted it 6 hours and 56 min later as an embed that didn't work so dumped it instead of merging it into this one

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you posted it 6 hours and 56 min later as an embed that didn't work so dumped it instead of merging it into this one
Oh ok, so how do we get the vids up if the embed is disabled?

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