MTA: B15 bus drivers harassed 20 times in 1 year
BROOKLYN - Following the arrest of a teenager in Thursday's fatal shooting on a B15 bus in Bedford-Stuyvesant, the MTA has released numbers surrounding the safety of bus drivers on that particular line.
Angel Rojas, 39, was shot in the head by a 14-year-old while on his way home from work. He was not the intended target of the shooting. The suspect is facing charges of second-degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal use of a firearm.
The MTA tracks how many times bus drivers are assaulted or harassed on each route for every city line. Officials say drivers on the B15 line were assaulted 20 times in the last 12 months, the sixth highest amount in the city.
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Commuters who use the troubled line say people of all ages harass the drivers. Some attribute the incidents that happen in the evening to being grouchy after getting off of work and wanting to go home.
The MTA has installed more than 1,500 cameras on the buses, hoping they will catch similar crimes as they occur.