Posted: Nov 09 2017 12:57AM EST
Video Posted: Nov 09 2017 12:21AM EST
Updated: Nov 09 2017 01:15AM EST
WASHINGTON - The DC woman charged with throwing a cup of urine at a metro bus driver will be sentenced on Thursday. Now, there's a push to make this kind of assault a felony.
Thursday could set the tone for future assaults to metro employees. A viral video showed a DC woman throwing a cup full of her urine on a metro bus driver back in August.
For days, metro asked for the public's assistance identifying the suspect. She was eventually identified as Opal Brown.
She was charged by a judge with misdemeanor assault. She refused to show her face or make comments to the media, but did eventually plead guilty. On Thursday, she will be sentenced. Since then, there have been several more high-profile assaults on metro operators.
Councilmember Jack Evans, who along with Councilmember Trayon White co-introduced legislation that would make it so these types of assaults are charged as felonies.
Metro Union 689 says they fully support the legislation, which has until the end of next year to go before a committee hearing, and if passed will then to the full council for a final vote.
If Brown is expected to be sentenced, she faces up to 180 days in jail.