After a viral video showed an officer with the LAPD forcefully pull a woman on a Metro train and arrest her on Monday for putting her foot on the seat, a use-of-force investigation has been opened.
Bethany Renee Nava, 18, was seen getting yanked from the train by the officer who confronted her for having her foot on a train seat, reported KTLA.
Witness Brock Bryan recorded the 10-and-a-half-minute video on a cellphone and uploaded it to Facebook, where it has received over 6 million views.
According to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Mike Lopez, Nava was told by officers she was being loud and boisterous, ultimately resulting in her removal and arrest.
However, in the video, Nava can be heard saying she only had her foot on the seat when she was arrested at the Westlake/MacArthur Park station.
The officer in the video can be heard saying, "I already told you what to do and you didn't. You disobeyed me. You're getting off the train."
Nava is then grabbed by the arm and removed from her seat.
"I paid to be on this train. Stop," Nava can be heard saying as she takes hold of a pole and tries to stay on the train. The officer, who KTLA identified as a sergeant, then pulls her off the train and pushes her up against a wall on the platform.
Nava looks on in fear as the sergeant calls for backup on his radio. Bryan, still recording, can be heard telling the officers not to detain her.
"Over her foot on the train? That's so ridiculous. That's really abuse of power, officer," Bryan says. "She wasn't blocking anybody else from sitting down."
During Nava’s arrest, a second woman, identified by the LAPD as 22-year-old Selina Lechuga, can be heard shouting at the officer.
"You're going to take her to jail for putting her foot on the bus? Are you f**king kidding me? You really have nothing to do," Lechuga says.
Then two other officers cuff Lechuga's hands behind her back as she protests.
"This is racism," Lechuga says. "This is what we are: 2018, motherf**kers like this want to just try to act like they can do whatever they want. F**k you guys."
Lechuga then appears to spit at one of the officers as she is taken away.
Nava was arrested on suspicion of being loud and boisterous on a train, Lopez said. She was released but is due in court Feb. 15.
Lechuga was arrested on suspicion of battery on a police officer for spitting and her bail was set at $20,000, Lopez said.
Lopez confirmed LAPD is conducting a use-of-force investigation for Nava's arrest.
Deputy Chief Bob Green told the Los Angeles Times police began the investigation after the department received a complaint.
(Photo: Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)
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