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Etiquette enforcement on Metro flares up in LAPD incident

A train pulls into the station at the Universal City Metro train station on December 6, 2016 in Universal City, California.
Authorities ratcheted up security on the Los Angeles metro following a tip from overseas about an impending bomb attack Tuesday against a station in the sprawling rail network.
The threat was relayed by an anonymous man who called a public safety line run by an unidentified foreign government, which then passed on the information to a Federal Bureau of Investigation terrorism task force, said Deirdre Fike, assistant director in charge of the FBI's office in Los Angeles.
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A train pulls into the station at the Universal City Metro train station on December 6, 2016 in Universal City, California.

A video posted to Facebook on Monday showed an LAPD officer removing a woman from a Metro train for propping her foot on a seat, an incident which has sparked debate regarding the recent crackdown on ridership etiquette.

A video posted to Facebook on Monday showed an LAPD officer removing a woman from a Metro train for propping her foot on a seat, an incident which has sparked debate regarding the recent crackdown on ridership etiquette.

Though complaints regarding poor behavior on Metro trains and buses have been rampant for some time, many viewers of the video consider the sergeant's tactics excessive, including Metro CEO Phil Washington. A statement from Washington regarding his disappointment over the incident was released today: “Our riders deserve better. We want the Metro system to be a safe environment for everyone. I expect more from our law enforcement partners. This incident is still under investigation, but I want to be clear: this is not the kind of policing I want on our system.”

On the other hand, Deputy Chief Bob Green, who oversees Metro operations for the LAPD, stated: “All that gal had to do was comply and this would be a non-event, because that same thing goes on hundreds of times every day throughout our system with our officers trying to restore order and people who ride that train are begging for order on the system.”

What do you think regarding policing the LA’s metro? Is a heavy-handed approach a good one considering how frequently code-of-conduct violations are said to occur? Or was the officer’s removal of the woman from the train an unfitting punishment? Call us at 866.893.5722.

Guests:

Pauletta Tonilas, Chief Communications Officer for Metro

Meghan McCarty, KPCC Transportation Reporter

Steve Scauzillo, reporter for the Southern California News Group covering transportation; he recently wrote a feature on Metro's code-of-conduct for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune: “Crackdowns begin on seat-hoggers, loud talkers and manspreading on buses and trains

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