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Bus driver assaulted by passenger who refused to wear a mask - Watch

After the driver called the police, body-camera footage showed the teen walking up behind him and punching him in the back of the head.

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Bus driver assaulted by passenger who refused to wear a mask
Bus driver assaulted by passenger who refused to wear a mask

JANUARY 2, 2021 03:30

A bus driver sits in a bus and wears a face mask for fear of the coronavirus in downtown Jerusalem, March 16, 2020.

(photo credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH 90)

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A bus driver in Beit Shemesh was physically assaulted by a teenage passenger in Beit Shemesh on Friday after refusing to wear a mask,

Bus driver assaulted by passenger who refused to wear a mask
Bus driver assaulted by passenger who refused to wear a mask

Ynet

reported.

Lavi Cohen, a 33-year-old bus driver who was driving Superbus' local line no. 12 from the Ramat Avraham neighborhood in Beit Shemesh to the city's central bus station, reportedly noticed an ultra-Orthodox teenager get on the bus without a face mask on, in violation of Israeli Health Ministry guidelines for public transportation, which were made stricter on Sunday when the nation entered its third national coronavirus lockdown.

When Cohen told the passenger that he is not allowed to let him onto the bus without a mask, the passenger "just said he's not willing to do it, passed his bus pass through the machine and got on the bus," Cohen told Ynet.

Cohen added that the teenager refused to take a mask when offered one through one of the windows, after which Cohen turned on his body camera and called the police.

Bus driver assaulted by passenger who refused to wear a mask
Bus driver assaulted by passenger who refused to wear a mask

When the bus arrived at its next station, Cohen stopped and began letting people off, after which the boy agreed to put a mask on and tried to exit the bus.

Cohen told the boy to stay inside and wait for the police, after which the teen walked up behind him and punched Cohen in the back of the head.

In a portion of the body camera footage, some passengers can be head teasing Cohen after the incident, claiming that they intend to beat up any cops who arrive at the scene.

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Bus driver assaulted by passenger who refused to wear a mask
Bus driver assaulted by passenger who refused to wear a mask
Bus driver assaulted by passenger who refused to wear a mask
Bus driver assaulted by passenger who refused to wear a mask