The scene on an Edmonton transit bus played out like something from a Hollywood B-movie: Three drunken thugs boarded the bus and began hassling passengers, including a young woman.
When a teenage boy spoke up to protect the woman, the bearded, tattooed louts turned on him, raining punches as he curled up to protect his head. The attackers fled the bus after the driver stopped to call police.
Millions of Canadians use public transit every day and while such violent attacks are uncommon, the prospect of being verbally harassed, of women being groped, of having your smartphone snatched or of being physically assaulted can make the idea of a bus or train ride unappetizing.
Edmonton has had a particularly rough time in recent years. Prior to last Friday’s incident (the attackers remain uncaught), an 18-year-old man was stabbed by a 17-year-old at a transit hub last month. The suspect in that case was later arrested and faces aggravated assault charges.
And two years ago, a man was beatenRead More »from Violence on transit: No one-size-fits-all solution for riders and drivers