Multiple Officers Arrest 18- And 22-Year-Old On L.A. Train Over The Teen’s Feet Being On Her Own Seat

A young woman riding the train in Los Angeles was physically removed from her seat and arrested by a Los Angeles Police Department officer after he approached her for having her foot on the seat.

In a now-viral video shared on Facebook by a fellow passenger, the woman identifies herself as Bethany Nava and informs the officer that she is 18 years old.

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The incident happened Monday at 3 p.m. on the red line at the MacArthur Park stop.

The video shows the officer approaching Nava, a resident of North Hollywood, telling her to remove her feet from the seat. When she questions him, he says, “I already told you what to do, and you disobeyed me. You’re getting off the train.”

When she responds that she won’t get off, the officer then proceeds to roughly grab the teenager by the arm and pull her off the train.

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From there, Nava becomes visibly upset, shows concern for her belongings which are still inside the train, and informs witnesses who’ve gathered around the scene that he approached her for having her foot on the seat. Fellow passengers begin to question and attempt to reason with the officer.

The individual filming the incident pleads with the unidentified officer, saying, “Please, please stop doing this officer! Please don’t do this. Officer, it’s really not a big deal. It’s just chairs.”

Another bystander, a woman, speaks up, saying, “C’mon, you think you can do this?” to which the officer responds, “Of course I can.” The woman responds to him with, “Yeah, of course you can, you fucking asshole!”

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From there the situation escalated. The female bystander, identified by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department as 22-year-old L.A. resident Selina Lechuga, is then seen confronting the officer about the situation.

When the officer asks Nava for I.D., she responds that she doesn’t have it and was on her way to meet her mom to go to the DMV since she just turned 18. Both Lechuga and Nava continue arguing back and forth with the officer, and he repeatedly tells Lechuga to step away.

“I’m not gonna leave. I’m gonna stand up for my people no matter what,” Lechuga tells the officer.

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The officer eventually calls for backup and also threatens another bystander with “You’re next, buddy” after the person advises Nava to not provide her name.

Minutes later, the video shows an estimated eight more LAPD officers arriving at the scene, handcuffing Nava and Lechuga, with Lechuga spitting on the officer who originally approached Nava.

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Both women were then taken away.

According to Officer Rosario Herrera of the LAPD’s media relations department, the sergeant was “enforcing the code of conduct on the train” and 18-year-old Nava was arrested for “being loud and boisterous.”

“She was asked to remove her feet from the seat and she failed to do so, and she was arrested,” adds Officer Herrera.

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Lechuga was arrested for battery on a police officer and is currently in custody with a $20,000 bail, according to LAPD.

When asked for the name of the officer in the video, Officer Herrera claimed she did not have that information.

LAPD did not have arrest information for Nava, with the system not showing she was arrested or detained. Because of this, it is likely she was not booked and let go. However, this information was not confirmed by LAPD.

We’ve reached out to Nava for comment, and will update the story with any additional information.

Watch the full video of these arrests here below:


Posted by Brock Bryan on Monday, January 22, 2018


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