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Should assaulting a Metrobus driver be a felony?

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JUST DAYS after a woman walked out of a D.C. courtroom after being charged with dousing a Metrobus driver with a cup of urine, another driver was spat on by a passenger. The incidents are among a rising number of assaults on Metrobus operators that have raised questions about whether enough is being done to combat the problem. The issue demands attention because an assault on a bus driver puts not only the victim at risk but also everyone else on the bus.

Last month’s incident in which 38-year-old Opal Brown allegedly hurled urine at a driver who told her to have a good day got much publicity because the nature of the assault was so unusual and so vile. Unfortunately, though, it is not uncommon for drivers to come under attack,........

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