Caught On Cam Transit Attack
Security cameras show Boston transit worker attacking passenger after argument.
A Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority worker has been fired after a violent outburst against a commuter was caught on camera.
Stuart Wilkerson said the altercation began after the MBTA customer service agent at Boston's Back Bay station gave him wrong train directions to Providence, costing him an hour and a half of his time.
Wilkerson said he was trying to take the worker's picture with his camera phone after she refused to give up her name.
"She started hitting me in the face and then she knocked the camera out of my hand," said Wilkerson.
He said the video shows the assault.
"You could see that she was obviously attacking me," said Wilkerson.
Wilkerson says the beating left him with a bruise on his face and scratches on his arm.
He said he believes it could have been worse.
"Good thing I was able to protect myself from all the punches she was throwing at that time," said Wilkerson.
In the following photo, which he says documents his injuries, a big bruise can be seen on his cheek.
The employee has been fired.
However, other sources at the scene said the fired worker told investigators Wilkerson was drunk and belligerent.
He said that he had a few drinks earlier in the day, but that he was far from being drunk.
MBTA General Manager Richard Davey said Wilkerson appeared to be aggressive.
"Looking from the tape it looked as though he may have been a bit aggressive putting the cell phone camera, as I understand it, almost in the employee's face. In civility, I wouldn't say that's a way to civilly conduct yourself, but the reaction of the employee was far too aggressive and again, nothing we will tolerate at the MBTA," Davey said.
Wilkerson said getting rid of the worker is a good move, but he hasn't taken a ride on the "T" since the attack, and is seriously thinking about taking it one step further and seeking legal representation.
"Just to stand up for my rights because basically anyone doesn't deserve to be assaulted, no matter what the situation is," said Wilkerson.
The 42-year-old worker had been with the MBTA for nearly three years.
The union representative for the "T" worker said that the video did not tell the entire story, that the MBTA employee was just trying to defend herself, and they plan to fight to get her job back.
Her co-workers said she was a dedicated employee, describing her as a "sweetheart."