The Los Angeles Police Department has launched a use-of-force investigation into a videotaped incident in which a sergeant pulled a young woman from a Metro subway train and then detained her because she refused to take her foot off a seat, according to the video and authorities.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the department began its investigation Monday after receiving a complaint, Deputy Chief Bob Green said. Two women were detained in the incident, which occurred at the Westlake/MacArthur Park station.
The confrontation began when the sergeant approached a young woman about having her foot up on a seat.
The sergeant told her to get off the train. After she refused, he grabbed her arm and pulled her off as she attempted to cling to a railing. She complained that the lawman wasn’t allowing her to get her cellphone and other belongings.
Once off the train, the sergeant held her arms behind her back. People in the station gathered around, and an onlooker filmed the entire encounter.
“Come on, you think you can do this?” a woman shouted at the sergeant.
“Yeah, I can,” he replied.
When people protested, saying the woman was only 18, he responded, “I don’t care.”
The sergeant called for backup, and at least six additional officers arrived.
When asked about the incident at an unrelated event in North Hollywood on Tuesday evening, Mayor Eric Garcetti defended the police.