Garbage truck driver slaps man in confrontation

Posted at 10:28 PM, May 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-11 16:30:54-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jason Weaver was just trying to record video of a garbage truck destroying his retaining wall when the truck’s driver ended up slapping him across the face, twice.

Weaver says his retaining wall issue isn’t a new one. He says it’s been going on for more than two years.

Weaver told Call 6 Investigates’ Paris Lewbel that overgrowth from tree branches in the alley has pushed the truck further and further onto his property. He says he’s called the Department of Public Works multiple times and asked for them to address it.

Weaver says he filed a tort claim against the city for the damage to the retaining wall in 2014. But, he says, it was denied.

“Fix the problem,” Weaver says. “Two years later still not fixed and I get assaulted? That's not on me at on the city. Total failure.”

Determined to have the city pay for the damage and get his wall fixed, he says he needed evidence and grabbed his cell phone and waited for the garbage truck. But he says he never expected to get assaulted.

“I don't need to be standing out here on the corner of my house or my property to defend myself in any manner,” Weaver says. “Whether it's a city employee or not and I feel like it was just wrong. It was just wrong, all the way wrong.”

Call 6 Investigates reached out to DPW this week. The agency released this statement:

DPW is aware of this incident. The driver involved is no longer an employee with the city and we have been in contact with the constituent, as well as been out to his property.