TTC investigating video of fare inspector and rider fighting on streetcar

Feb 7 2020, 11:08 am

A disturbing video posted on Twitter, reportedly shot on the TTC Friday morning, shows a violent altercation between a fare inspector and a rider.

The inspector appears to spray the rider with a white substance — described in the thread of tweets that follows the video as a “pepper spray foam.”

The thread also details the alleged course of the incident.

“The officers approached [the rider], asked for proof of payment, and he blew them off. They then insisted, stopped the streetcar, and as he got up they crowded in. He tried to move in the opposite direction, when then turned into mutual shoving and then punches,” reads the explanation, noting that “everything escalated in less than a second.”

The TTC says it is working with Toronto police to investigate the situation.

“We are aware of the video and the incident that occurred this morning on the 501 streetcar route. The incident occurred during a routine fare inspection,” a spokesperson told Daily Hive.

“The altercation involving two TTC Special Constables took place after they were approached by several customers on board the vehicle who had concerns. We are investigating the incident.”

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