Orange Line passenger charged as screaming cop biter

YusufBoston Police report an off-duty cop returning home from a detail at the Garden last night had to subdue an out-of-control passenger who, after refusing to stop harassing other passengers, turned on him and sent him to the hospital with minor injuries.

According to police, the cop, heading toward his car at Forest Hills around 11 p.m., perked up when he noticed Aisha Abdi Yusuf, 22, screaming at some men at the other end of their train car. When he asked her - "quietly," police say - to knock it off and sit down, she turned on him:

"Just cause you’re a cop, I gotta listen to you? EXPLETIVE you mother EXPLETIVE."

Police say her disruptive behavior continued until Back Bay, when the officer decided it was time to escort her off the train:

The suspect raised her arm violently in an attempt to strike the detail officer. The detail officer was able to control the suspect’s arms and got her off the train safely.

The suspect was full of rage at this time and struck the detail officer in his face. The detail officer received cuts on his face from the suspect’s nails. With the least amount of force necessary, despite the suspect's violent behavior, the detail officer was able to place the suspect in custody. The suspect then began to bite the officer’s hand and adjusted her body to kick him in the face.

Additional officers along with Transit officers arrived to assist the detail officer. While the suspect was in custody, she kicked and violently struggled with the officers.

The detail officer was transported to Boston Medical Center for his injuries.

Yusuf was charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a police officer (a shod foot).

Innocent, etc.



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Has any university ever conducted a study on T-Rage and why expressions like "excuse me" is enough to get you stabbed or beaten by your fellow passengers.

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It's about tone...

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There's "excuse me" and then there's the Boston "exCUSE ME." The first simply implies a desire to pass. The second asserts that the space you're occupying has belonged to the person making the request all along and you're a fool for occupying it. It also implies that your space is about to become the equivalent of Dorothy Parker's Round Table, only with a lot more "like"s, "you know"s and "whatevers."

In short, if you want to get by, there's no need to get snippy about it.

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I know her and she is a very

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I know her and she is a very nice girl. I think the officer was provoking her or exaggerated the whole situation.

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Cop deserved what he got

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It's not enough that this cop gets to pull in 40 bucks an hour to watch the Black Keys show, he has to get in other people's business on the way home, too? I guess the power trip from wearing the uniform doesn't wear off just because you're off-duty.

And I bet his reaction would have been different if it was a bunch of white kids yelling "Let's go Bruins!"

I see people yelling on the T all the time. If I don't like it, I move to another car.

I hope she got him good.

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There is a difference

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There is a huge difference between a group of people yelling excitedly about whatever event they're coming from, and a person yelling AT you. I've been on the trains in all sorts of situations, and sure the rowdy sports fan or St. Pats, New Years Eve celebrator could be (should be) told to quiet down. If they are told to quiet down and then start to verbally or physically abuse the officer, they should be arrested. A passenger verbally assaulting another passenger (which is what yelling at another person is) is already one step closer to arrest than the disorderly concert/game/attendees. I can easily put myself in the position and although I wouldn't be excited or happy to be riding along with the sports/holiday revelers I probably wouldn't worry too much about it. Were I standing next to somebody hollering AT another passenger, I would immediately wonder if it would come to violence, etc. There is a difference between the two.

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