D.C. children stood shocked as the loveable crime-fighting mascot, McGruff the Crime Dog, was sucker-punched in the face by a Metro bus driver, reports The Examiner.
D.C. police officer Tyrone Hardy, dressed as McGruff, was handing out flyers to children when the bus driver, Shawn Brim, 38, got out of his bus, adjusted the bus’s mirrors then socked the mascot in the face. Because of the costume’s large head, Hardy didn’t see it coming.
As the kids screamed, Brim hopped back on the bus, where passengers yelled at him, and drove a few blocks before police pulled him over. Brim told his supervisor he did the stunt “to be funny,” according to Candace Smith, a Metro spokeswoman. But it doesn’t seem like anyone got the joke.
“Nobody here finds it funny, believe me. That kind of behavior is not tolerated,” Smith told The Examiner.
Hardy suffered a swollen right cheek from the incident, but was said to be most upset about the effect the attack had on the kids, according to Lt. Alan Thomas.
Police charged Brim with simple assault. This isn’t the bus driver’s first run-in with the law. In October of 2006 he was arrested for prostitution, in 1994 he was arrested for possessing PCP, and in 1990 he was arrested for having a gun. None of those charges were ever brought to court by prosecutors.