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Woman alleges police mistreatment in train incident

Being a law enforcement officer in California is not an easy job, but that does not mean that the officers have the right to commit mistreatment against a suspect. Regardless of the allegations against a person who is being arrested, there are certain requirements that officers must adhere to when performing their duties. Some of the worst cases of police officers using excessive force are committed in seemingly minor crimes. With almost everyone having a device that can record incidents as they occur, there is frequently ample evidence to look at the case and pursue a claim for compensation due to police misconduct.

A young woman, age 18, was forcibly removed from a subway train by a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer when she refused a request to remove her foot from a seat. Several people videotaped the incident and posted it on social media. Recently, law enforcement has taken steps to crack down on various violations of the code of conduct on the train. That includes people eating, drinking, gambling, littering and placing their feet on the seats. The chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has already expressed his disappointment at the way they woman was treated.

The initial incident began when the officer -- a sergeant -- requested that the woman take her foot off the seat. She complied and then put it back up. She was told to leave the train. She did not. After that, he grabbed her by the arm and pulled her from the train. When she was off the train, she was restrained with her arms behind her. The woman was given a citation and released. A use-of-force investigation is being conducted by the LAPD.

With the attention being paid to this case and the video evidence, there is significant information to come to a determination as to what happened. Anyone who is confronted with an incident in which excessive force or other forms of mistreatment happen might not be as fortunate to have the entire case caught on video. Having legal advice is imperative when there are allegations of mistreatment by law enforcement.

Source:, "Metro CEO 'extremely disappointed' by LAPD treatment of woman pulled from subway train," Hailey Branson-Potts and Richard Winton, Jan. 24, 2018

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