According to department officials, a Los Angeles police sergeant was violently arrested at a Metro rail station on Thursday and had a portion of a finger bit off.
According to officials, the detained suspect also suffered minor injuries as a result of officers using force against him when he resisted. The sergeant and the suspect were both brought to nearby hospitals for treatment; neither was identified in the media.
The sergeant and his police colleagues were “simply conducting routine patrol of the transit line,” according to Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore, who said he was “deeply disturbed” by the “vicious and gruesome attack.”
The statement read, “With dedicated patrols engaging those who pose a risk to the safety of others, we remain committed to our work every day to improve the safety of the entire transit system.”
According to a police news release, the incident happened at an unknown Red Line stop about 10:15 in the morning when authorities spotted a guy board a train while carrying drug paraphernalia.
According to the press release, the cops confronted the individual and led him away from the train. The announcement claims that as they proceeded, the individual became “violent and fought with the officers,” requiring them to use force to take him into custody.
On suspicion of mayhem and defying an executive order, the suspect was eventually taken into custody. The LAPD’s account of the incident was not immediately corroborated by The Times.
Recent weeks have seen two stabbings at Red Line stations, which has rekindled worries about systemic passenger safety. Between downtown and North Hollywood, the line travels.
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According to Metro’s yearly crime report, there has been a sharp rise in violent crimes, with aggravated assault, robbery, rape, and murder all rising by 24% between 2021 and 2022. According to the data, the Red Line had 687 more violent offenses than the Blue Line, which was the line after it.
At the same time, Metro train ridership has drastically decreased in recent years. While the overall number of commuters increased by 12% from 2021 to 2018, the estimated 57 million train riders were still a significant fraction of the 93 million riders reported in 2019, according to Metro. Particularly on the Red Line, usage was 56% below pre-pandemic levels.
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