Written by Aracelli Cruz
Bethany Nava, the 18-year-old that was dragged off the Los Angeles Metro by a police officer, says she is suing the LAPD for excessive force. On Jan. 22, Nava was riding the metro while on her way to pick up her new I.D. card when Sgt. Hutchings told her to take her foot off the seat. Nava said she complied and that Hutchings walked away but that he returned and told her to get off the train. The entire altercation was caught on video and went viral on social media.
In the video, Nava is visibly frightened and crying as the police is yanking her off the train. Another woman, Selena Lechuga came to her aid and cursed at Sgt. Hutchings. She too was arrested.
“I feel like my rights were violated. I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that this doesn’t happen to anybody else,” Bethany said in a press conference on Monday.
According to FOX News, Metro CEO Phil Washington issued a statement saying that he was “disappointed” after viewing the video, adding that police “encounter hundreds of conduct issues each day, and some of them are faced with very difficult situations,” he said. “But my hope is that we work to de-escalate situations as much as possible. The investigation is under way to gather all the facts, and until we have the complete story, we must not rush to judgment.”
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck appeared on ABC7 and said that people shouldn’t rush judgment based on the video.