A passenger witness cellphone video recorded an 18-year-old female student being pulled from a train by a Los Angeles Metro Transit police sergeant for simply putting her foot on the seat, which is a violation of riding policy rules, according to the arresting police supervisor.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
January 23, 2018
Los Angeles, California – On Monday, Brock Bryan posted a cellphone video depicting a Los Angeles Metro Transit police sergeant (badge # 5203) pulling 18-year-old Bethany Neva from a train and arrested her for simply violating the transit policy rules, which prohibits passengers from placing their feet on the seat. The police sergeant than confronts an another female passenger who witnessed the incident. She challenged the sergeant’s alleged unlawful arrest of Bethany who was headed to the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) to get an ID because she had just turned 18 before being detained, according to the video footage. That woman who was a witness as well of the incident was also arrested by police. She called the cop “a f_cking scumbag” and no information is available, if she was also released.
Steve Abee, who saw Bryan’s posted viral video on Facebook, gave him credit for releasing the video that actually helped Bethany get released without any charges. According to Abee who is Bethany’s teacher, she attends the Ramon Cortinas School of Visual and Performing Arts. Bethany just turned 18 and Bryan posted on his FB account that it has been confirmed by the Los Angeles Police Department that she was released without charges.
According to the Metro Customer Code of Conduct
(Amended: 5/01/2017) by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, it is prohibited to place feet on seats under Code Section 6-05-100.J, page 22 and is considered a disorderly conduct violation, which results with just a warning and/or ejection for up to five occurrences with no fines or arrest.
Update: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) on Monday launched a “use of force” investigation into the incident at the Westlake/McArthur Park station where Bethany Neva and a second woman were arrested. Neva was pulled from the train by a LAPD sergeant for placing her foot on a seat.
Neva was released after arrest and cited for loud and boisterous conduct on the train and the other woman was charged for battery to a police officer for spitting at him, according to the LAPD.
Also according Brock Bryan who video recorded the incident posted on his Facebook account that Neva had suffered minor injuries during the arrest.