Winnipeg Transit is refusing to discuss an ugly incident on a bus downtown that was caught on video, posted online and shown on Global News Friday.
It shows two men, apparently intoxicated, yelling, swearing and threatening other passengers on the Number 18 bus on Graham Avenue at about 1 p.m. June 28.
Tristan Johnston, the man who recorded the video, said the incident began when the men harassed a woman sitting nearby. The video does not show this.
In the video, the driver orders the two men off the bus and threatens to call police. Other passengers also confront the men and tell them to leave. This results in more yelling and threats; eight minutes pass before the men finally get off the bus and it continues on its way.
Global News has been asking Winnipeg Transit for information about how the incident was handled since Friday morning. On Monday afternoon a city spokesperson sent an email to say “I’m remain unable to accommodate your request for interview as we don’t discuss specific incidents.”
Winnipeg Police said they were called to a complaint of “two drunk men fighting” on a bus on Graham Avenue at about the same time; officers arrived three minutes later but the bus was already gone.
It’s not clear who called police or whether the driver or transit dispatchers followed proper procedure in responding to the incident.