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MTA Workers Push For Wanted Posters, Body Cameras To Prevent Assaults

August 15, 2018 - 8:31 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The MTA began plastering trains and subway stations with wanted posters Wednesday in an effort to root out suspects in assaults on transit workers.

The move comes after a viral video showed two angry straphangers punching an A train conductor inside his cab. The brutal attack was the last straw for the Transportation Worker’s Union, who demanded the MTA better protect the men and woman who move New York.

“Every day, pretty much, people are verbally assaulted, they’re spat at, they are punched, they are threatened and that is unacceptable,” said Transit Chief Andy Byford.

Byford teamed up with the TWU Local 100 at MTA headquarters Tuesday to announce new plans to capture the attackers.

He said the MTA would begin displaying wanted posters and encouraged anyone with information to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers tip line.

Byford also said some conductors would be given body cameras so that the NYPD doesn’t need to rely on passenger cell phone video.

“We don’t want to come to work and then go to the hospital,” said TWU’s Local 100 president Tony Utano.

The transit representative called on the MTA to install surveillance cameras in every conductor’s cab.

Byford said assaults are occurring nearly every day and that they will do everything in their power to stop the violence.