Metrobus driver who punched McGruff the Crime Dog has been reinstated

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A Metrobus employee who punched an off-duty police officer dressed as McGruff the Crime Dog has been reinstated to his former position, according to the Washington Examiner.

Shawn Brim pulled over his bus Feb. 28, 2009, slugged McGruff, and was soon fired by Metro for violating its workplace violence policy. He was found guilty of simple assault and given a 15-day suspended sentence and six months probation, the Examiner reports.

But an arbitration decision between Metro and the bus drivers union reinstated Brim, and he should be behind the wheel of a Metrobus near you later this month.

According to the Examiner:

Brim did not return a call for comment Tuesday. Jackie Jeter, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 said his actions had been intended as a joke and had nothing to do with his driving ability.

“Yes, he made a stupid mistake,” Jeter said. “Should he have lost the job he had been on for eight years because of a silly mistake?”