Trouble on the Metro; man sentenced to 80 years in East L.A. double murder; LAPD putting more cops on patrol

Metro: The head of Metro said he was “extremely disappointed” over the forcible removal of a young woman from a Red Line subway car for failing to remove her foot off a seat, a violation of the agency’s code of conduct, reports the L.A. Times and KPCC.  The scene was recorded on video and attracted widespread attention on social media.  In a separate matter,  City Councilwoman Nury Martinez said she won’t ride the Red Line with her daughter because of concerns about their personal safety, according to the L.A. Times.  “As a mom, I can tell you it’s terrifying to sometimes think of having to get on the Red Line,” said Martinez during a council committee meeting in which she requested more information on harassment and sexual assault from the transit agency.

Conviction: Pedro Vasquez was sentenced to 80 years to life in prison for fatally shooting brothers Antonio and Juan Aguilar at Ruben Salazar Park in East L.A. in Nov. 2015.  EGP News

Crime: The LAPD is in the process of redeploying about 350 officers from administrative jobs and specialized units to patrol duties in the wake of a continued increase in violent and other crimes. Daily News

Fire:  An early morning fire burned nearly an acre of brush near the eastern edge of Elysian Park before it was extinguished. LAFD

Fireworks: One of the most widely ignored city laws is the one that prohibits the use of  unpermitted fireworks. Now, Councilman Mitch O’Farrell wants the city to study the problem and come up with solutions. My News LA

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