After a man, who was escorted out of a metro station allegedly bit off a portion of his finger, a Los Angeles police sergeant was taken to the hospital.
A man who was allegedly in possession of drug paraphernalia was spotted by an officer working at a Los Angeles metro station at 10:30 on Thursday morning, according to the police. The man allegedly became belligerent as the policemen were moving him out of the station and off the train.
Police claim that during the ensuing battle, the suspect chewed off a portion of the police sergeant’s finger, leaving him hospitalized. The surgeon’s finger was attempted to be reattached, but it was unsuccessful.
The tweet below confirms the news:
Officials said a Los Angeles police sergeant is without a part of his pinky after it was bitten off by a man experiencing homelessness. https://t.co/jB4zh2HShI
— KTVU (@KTVU) April 30, 2023
Authorities have named the suspect as Ephraim Okorie, 36, who is said to be homeless. Before being arrested on charges of mayhem and defying an executive order, he was briefly hospitalized for minor wounds sustained during the battle. His bail has been set at $100,000.
Kaitlyn Zatkus, a metro traveler, said that she witnesses similar altercations “almost daily.”
According to a report just released by Metro, crime on the county’s transit system increased by 21% in February of this year compared to the same month last year. According to Metro, the data indicate increased enforcement, which also led to an increase in arrests.
According to Metro Chief Security Officer Gina Osborn, “We’re addressing those issues by increasing the amount of uniformed personnel that we have on the system, identifying the hotspots, and deploying our resources.”
When it comes to accountability and the criminal justice system, according to the union that represents Los Angeles police officers, more needs to be done.
“Crimes do occur, but there shouldn’t be any crimes committed here. Everybody should feel safe here, according to Metro user Sam Hernandez.
Several directors on the Metro board stated during a discussion about public safety that violent crime is frequently misinterpreted in light of the approximately 300,000 smooth boardings per day.
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