67-year-old man beats down young thug on public bus
Given the lack of context in this video, it’s difficult to understand how exactly this altercation began. When the video starts, amidst a verbal argument, the 67-year-old man appears to be baiting the young black man with racially charged comments, namely “How much you charge me for a spit shine?” Prior to that, however, the young black man was spouting a certain level of anger toward the 67-year-old man as well. In general, the argument plays out like a pissing match between two shit talkers. The whole time, the passengers in the bus range from concerned, trying to diffuse the situation, to others encouraging violence. It’s like a microcosm of America’s propensity for violence versus its capacity for peace. Of course, in the end, violence prevails. Watch the video and come to your own conclusion on just what the hell takes place.
Update: It turns out there’s far more to this story than I originally understood — a fact I have learned thanks not only to True/Slant’s valiant commentors, but the eternal (and questionable) wisdom of the Interwebs. The 67-year-old man in this video is a Vietnam Veteran from Chicago, IL. named Thomas Bruso (aka Tom Slick aka Vietnam Tom) also commonly referred to as (for whatever reason) Epic Beard Man. From what I can tell, he currently lives in Oakland, Ca. and is a known character in that city. Included below are several videos that help further piece together this current story as well as Bruso’s previous public exploits caught on film (and this photograph). And, of course, there’s a Facebook fan page for Bruso.
The more I read about this incident, the more conflicting reports I come across. As I gather more credible information, I’ll add to this post, or write a followup.
Interview with Thomas Bruso after his public transit altercation:
Interview with Lyanna Washington, women who filmed the bus incident:
According to some accounts, Washington is said to have been urging the fight on, screaming racial comments.
Thomas Bruso being tased at an Oakland A’s game:
Thanks to @DutchieMotto412 for the original link.