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CHICAGO (WLS) -- Lawrence Madden says he is the man seen being body-slammed to the ground by a CTA bus driver in a now viral video..

Madden, who was joined by his attorneys Tuesday morning, said he was afraid to speak publicly before, saying the incident was too traumatic.

Madden said he suffered head and back injuries as well as post traumatic stress following the incident, which has sparked a CTA Investigation.



"I'm going through a lot of pain right now, I can't sleep, I got headaches, depression, paranoid, thinking that somebody's coming after me," said Madden. "I don't even want to get on the bus because I feel threatened."

The video shows two CTA employees involved in an altercation with Madden that ended up with him being body slammed.

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Madden said he was on a bus on June 11, when it stopped near 77th and Western Avenue on the South Side. He said his bus driver had stopped to talk to another bus driver heading in the opposite direction.

Madden said he then yelled out urging his driver to keep the bus moving so he could get to his stop a few blocks away.

His bus driver got angry and got off the bus to come around to the back, according to Madden.

Madden said when he got off the bus, the driver beat him on the street. That's when the second bus driver got off his bus, and allegedly slammed Madden to the ground.

The CTA said it's removed the drivers from service, pending the completion of its investigation.

Attorneys for Madden said they want the drivers charged.

"The cta rivers need to be charged with a battery.

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Florida man loses job after Costco mask meltdown went viral amid coronavirus pandemic

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In a now-viral video, a Florida man was seen not wearing a mask while in a Costco in Fort Meyers, Florida on June 27, as reported by local outlet NBC 2. The video shows a man wearing a red T-shirt and flip-flop sandals. What made the video go viral is not just his lack of a face covering, but that the video shows the man shouting at another customer after he was reportedly asked multiple times why he was not wearing a mask in the store. Costco has required employees, members, and guests to wear face coverings over both the nose and mouth since May 4, 2020. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the man in the video has since been fired.

In the video, the man can be heard yelling “I feel threatened!” as well as “Back the f--k up” and to “put your f--king phone down!” This incident was reportedly sparked when a fellow customer—identified in the original Twitter thread as an elderly woman—asked the man why he wasn’t wearing a mask. The person filming the video was reportedly a fellow customer who stepped in after the interaction became heated. 

You can see the video posted below.

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Florida man at Fort Myers Costco in "Running the World Since 1776" shirt flips out on elderly woman who asked him to wear a mask and man who defended her #BecauseFlorida (via @profjaffar) pic.twitter.com/PDOvi33qHK

— Billy Corben (@BillyCorben) July 7, 2020

According to Billy Corben, who posted the viral video to Twitter, one of the customers targeted in the tirade said Costco escorted the man outside and made sure the customer got to their car safely.

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This occurred at the Gulf Coast Town Center location on 6/27 and one of the customers targeted said: "To give Costco the credit, they escorted him out and made me wait inside and monitored him until he left and then they send someone with me to the care to make sure I'm okay."

— Billy Corben (@BillyCorben) July 7, 2020

On Tuesday afternoon, Tedd Todd Insurance Company posted a Twitter statement saying an employee had been fired after the company became aware of the individual’s “behavior in the video.” The statement does not identify the person by name.

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Thank you to everyone for their comments and messages raising awareness about a former employee at Ted Todd Insurance. Their behavior in the video is in direct conflict with our company values and their employment has been terminated.

— Ted Todd Insurance (@TedToddAgency) July 7, 2020

The same Twitter account tweeted a statement from the CEO.

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Threatening behavior and intimidation go against our core mission to be trusted advisors in our community. We are also committed to immediately reviewing our internal existing culture at TTI. We ask that further feedback be sent to HR@tedtoddinsurance.com
Charley Todd
CEO

— Ted Todd Insurance (@TedToddAgency) July 7, 2020

As the novel coronavirus pandemic rages on, states are still handling the public health crisis with varying guidelines and restrictions. While these mixed messages can certainly be confusing, we have received guidance from the World Health Organization, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on how to best protect yourself from COVID-19. Practicing social distancing, wearing a mask or face covering, and washing your hands frequently are some of the most common pieces of advice. Staying home when possible is also ideal. My colleague Mark Sumner has argued on behalf of a national mask-wearing mandate. 

In Costco’s case, the president and CEO of the company, Craig Jelinek, noted in a statement back in May that while “some members may find this inconvenient or objectionable,” this is “not simply a matter of personal choice; a face covering protects not just the wearer, but others too.” The store does provide exemptions for children under two years old, as well as people with certain medical conditions. 

Of course, this is far from the first mask-related incident to happen amid the pandemic. For example, as my colleague Aysha Qamar covered, two men were caught on video breaking an employee’s arm after being asked to wear masks while in a Target. As my colleague Lauren Floyd covered, a security guard at a Dollar General store was shot and killed after asking a woman who tried to enter the store to wear a mask. 

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