Black bus driver in Vancouver panicked when a passenger said ‘he should hang himself’ 

A Metro Vancouver bus driver has detailed “the worst night of his week” after a passenger suggested the driver should hang himself on Wednesday.

The incident was reported and is being investigated, Translink told the National Post. However, no additional comment or information was provided as transit police continue to investigate the matter. 

The incident early last week is being investigated as an alleged hate-crime and happened when driver Ramgoat Buckaman, an employee of Coastal Mountain Company, was subjected to a series of disturbing statements on June 26, by a man who was a passenger on his bus.

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In an account shared on Facebook, Buckaman wrote that a noose-like object was left on the bus by a passenger, and added that he didn’t want to create a scene and didn’t think it was something to be concerned about.

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Posted by Ramgoat Buckaman on Friday, June 26, 2020

 

It’s alleged that the item was a broken bag strap but no details have yet been confirmed.

A few moments after the item appeared, a passenger who had boarded the bus allegedly said that someone had left the driver a noose, so that he could hang himself.  

“Within a few minutes, my fears were confirmed after (a) man later got on the bus and asked if I’m gonna hit, Broadway? Told him yes, he locked his stroller and sat down. Suddenly I heard him say “oh look, driver, someone left you a noose, perfect for hanging,” he wrote.

The driver said in his post that he was left in utter disbelief, but that didn’t stop the passenger from aggravating the situation.

“I instantly panicked as I didn’t know what the outcome of such (an) outburst was (going) to be.”

But the man didn’t stop there. He went on to say, “I think you should hang yourself with it at the end of your night,” the driver shared. 

Buckaman said he was shocked by the statement and the utter silence of the other passengers. T here was complete silence, he said, “and absolutely no one said anything, it’s like nothing happened.” 

Spokesperson for Translink, Ben Murphy, said that racism is not tolerated in the transit system and should never be ignored, the Vancouver Sun reported.

A 2017 report by Vancouver’s Transit Police showed that there was a 19 per cent increase in warrants issued for criminal suspects, which led to a total of 837 arrests over the year. As per a Freedom of Information report on the Transit Police website, hate crimes based on ethnicity, religion, race and sexual orientation were recorded.

The Post has reached out to Murphy, Transit Police and Buckaman for further comment.

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