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Jury Awards $99,000 To CTA Rider Over Alleged Beating By Driver
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 2, 2005

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--The Chicago Transit Authority has been ordered to pay a rider $99,000 over his claims that he was assaulted by a bus driver.

A civil jury granted the award to Arturo Barajaz, 32, after a one-week trial that ended July 29.

Barajaz, who has partial paralysis on his right side, claimed that he lost his balance on October 15, 2001, when CTA driver James White failed to wait until Barajaz was seated before pulling away. When Barajaz asked a fellow passenger to allow him to sit in the area designated for riders with disabilities, White allegedly stopped the bus, then came back and punched Barajaz repeatedly, knocked him to the ground, and kicked him several times in the face and body.

Barajaz was later treated for a broken nose and a deviated septum.

Even though police were called, criminal charges were not filed, leading Barajaz to file the civil suit in 2003.

Transit officials have denied the claims. A CTA spokesperson said the Authority would be looking at all of its options, including the possibility of appealing the decision.

"$99,000 award for alleged beating by CTA bus driver" (Chicago Sun-Times)


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