The sister of a person killed by a Metro Blue Line practice in Lengthy Seashore stated she doesn’t settle for the police division’s rationalization that her brother was by chance struck by the practice whereas fleeing from an officer who stopped him on suspicion of skipping out on paying his fare.
Evelia Granados stated Thursday that her household is pushing authorities to launch video of the incident and reveal extra particulars about what occurred.
“I don’t assume that as a result of he didn’t pay his fare, they need to’ve killed him,” she stated about her brother, 23-yr-previous César Rodriguez.
Lengthy Seashore police stated Rodriguez was struck by the practice on Aug. 29. They stated he was making an attempt to flee from an officer who’d stopped him on suspicion of fare evasion and drug possession when the practice pinned him towards the platform.
Metro officers stated safety video is recorded at its platforms and that video is being reviewed as a part of the investigation.
Rodriguez’s demise stoked what was already a smoldering situation amongst some rider advocates who allege Metro and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division unfairly goal minorities with fare enforcement citations.
Granados spoke at a information convention organized by the Labor Group Technique Middle, which has sparred with Metro over policing and fare assortment.
The group’s organizer, Eric Mann, referred to as on Metro to take away all police from trains and cease charging passengers.
“This younger man is lifeless as a result of, at most, he didn’t pay his fare,” he stated.
Final yr, the Labor Group Technique Middle — the dad or mum group of the Bus Riders Union — filed a civil-rights grievance towards Metro and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division alleging that black riders have been stopped for fare evasion and different violations at a disproportionate price.
Final yr, the Labor Group Technique Middle — the mother or father group of the Bus Riders Union — filed a civil rights grievance towards Metro and the Sheriff’s Division, alleging black riders have been stopped for fare evasion and different violations at a disproportionate fee.
From 2012 by way of 2015, black riders acquired 50 % of all fare evasion citations although they make up solely 19 % of the rail ridership, the group charged.
On the time, the U.S. Division of Transportation stated it was reviewing the grievance. The DOT’s workplace of civil rights didn’t instantly reply to a message Thursday.