VIDEO: Woman Who Spit In Cop's Face Claims 'Brutality' After Arrest

She was unharmed after assaulting an officer, and claims that she's the victim of police brutality.

Los Angeles, CA - A woman who spit in a police sergeant's face while interfering with another arrest, has held a press conference claiming that she's the victim of "racial discrimination, violence against women, and police brutality."

She was uninjured during the arrest where officers simply restrained and handcuffed her.

The press conference started with an introduction comparing her to Rodney King.

"When we saw what happened to Selena," a spokesman said. "It did bring up the Rodney King tape for us."

When Selena Lechuga, 22, started speaking at the press conference, she showed a lack of understanding of basic concepts of law or economics. It doesn't appear that she consulted with a competent attorney prior to her press conference.

She claimed that officers made up laws and violated non-existent rights. She also made questionable claims, such as being denied water for 24 hours.

She demanded free metro rides for everybody - especially black people, called for the end of law enforcement on trains, the end of "racist" codes of conduct, and to end all tickets, citations, and arrests.

Then she called for her charges to be dropped for doing nothing more than riding the train. She failed to mention assaulting a law enforcement officer, which was captured on video.

You can see the video of her interview below. After that, you can see our story on the initial event with video of her harassing and assaulting a police sergeant:

Original story by Holly Matkin:

​Los Angeles, CA – A woman has launched a use-of-force complaint against a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer, after she refused to comply with the officer’s request to remove her foot from a Metro train seat.

A second woman was also arrested after she interjected herself into the situation.

The incident was recorded by another passenger, Brock Bryan, who subsequently posted the video online (video below). The recording had been viewed over seven million times as of Wednesday afternoon, with numerous commenters making death threats targeted at the officers.

Police said that altercation began at approximately 3 p.m. on Monday, when 18-year-old Bethany Nava was being loud and boisterous on the Red Line train, KTLA reported.

The sergeant asked her to put down her foot, which was on the set and taking up two spots, a violation of openly posted train rules.

Nava refused, and the sergeant had no reasonable option but to eject her from the train for refusing to follow train rules.

In the video, the sergeant was seen speaking with Nava on the train, and eventually motioned for her to get out of her seat. It is unknown how long he may have been speaking with her prior to the start of the video.

When Nava failed to comply with his request, the sergeant gave her a final directive.

"I already told you what to do and you didn't,” he said. “You disobeyed me. You're getting off the train."

“No, I’m not,” Nava replied.

The argumentative teen immediately resisted the sergeant’s efforts to escort her from her seat, at which point he grabbed her by her arm and began pulling her towards the doorway of the train.

"I paid to be on this train, a**hole!” Nava argued as she pulled away. “Stop!”

She then grabbed onto a pole as the sergeant pulled her other arm through the doorway.

The sergeant was able to remove, and pressed her against a wall in the terminal as he called for backup as a crowd formed.

“Are you f*****g kidding me right now?” said a previously uninvolved woman, later identified as 22-year-old Selina Lechuga.

“He’s taking me off the train for having my f*****g foot on the seat,” Nava complained.

“Give me some space, guys,” the lone officer said to the gathering crowd.

“Come on. You think you can do this?” Lechuga asked him. “Yeah, of course you can, f*****g a**hole.”

"Over her foot on the train? That's so ridiculous. That's really abuse of power, officer," Bryan argued from behind his cell phone camera.

“This is not f*****g fair that you took me off the train because I had my foot there because I was comfortable like that!” Nava yelled while pointing her finger at the officer. “There is no law that tells me that I cannot sit that way because I paid to be in there!”

According to the Metro Customer Code of Conduct, “placing feet or shoes on seats or furnishings” is a violation of train rules. The Metro policies also dictate that “a person must comply with all lawful orders and directives given by an authorized Metro representative relative to Metro facilities or vehicles consistent with the Code, including any instruction to leave a Metro vehicle or facility for safety reasons, for a violation of the Code, or following a notice of ejectment or exclusion.”

“A person who violates the Code may be immediately ejected from the Metro facility or vehicle, without refund of any fare, by an authorized Metro representative who witnesses a violation,” the Metro code further states.

After the officer told Nava that she was not complying with the “rules of the train,” Lechuga again interjected and demanded to be shown the “book” that outlined the rules he was citing.

“I’m not going to give you any space,” she told the officer. “You’re certainly not giving anyone any respect right now.”

The officer repeatedly told Lechuga to back away, but she continued to respond with defiance.

“You are picking at a minority,” she then alleged. “Yeah. Because you’re f*****g racist.”

Lechuga smirked as she began to taunt the officer.

“You’re all high on power right now because these people are watching you,” she said. “Is it the end of the month? You need to meet your f*****g quota, so you know what? This is money for you right now.”

The officer again directed Lechuga to leave the area.

“I’m not going to leave because I’m going to stand up for my people no matter what,” she declared.

She continued to taunt the officer as he waited for backup to arrive.

“Where are your rebel friends now?” Lechuga asked him.

Additional officers arrived on the scene a moment later, and took both women into custody.

“You don’t need to take me into custody,” Lechuga said, smiling and shaking her head. “Get off of me!”

In the video, Lechugo could be seen spitting in an officer's face.

“This is racism!” she declared. “This is what we are! 2018, motherf*****s like this wanna just try to act like they can do whatever they f**k they want. F**k you guys."

“You feel good? F*****g piece of s**t,” she said to one of the officers, just before she spit on him. “F**k you!”

Bryan then expressed astonishment over how many officers had responded “for two women.”

According to KTLA, Nava was arrested on suspicion of being loud and boisterous on a train, and was released.

Lechuga was arrested for suspicion of battery on a police officer for spitting on the officer. Her bail was set at $20,000.

LAPD Officer Mike Lopez said that a use-of-force investigation is underway.

Nava’s mother said that her family is hiring an attorney, and that the teen sprained her wrist during the altercation.

As the video became widely viewed, Metro CEO Phil Washington issued a statement criticizing the officer who enforced the rules set forth by his company.

“I am extremely disappointed. Our riders deserve better,” Washington said. “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.”

You can watch the LAPD officer's altercation with Nava and Lechuga in the video below:

Comments (41)
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Aaron57
Aaron57

Can't wait to see the highlight reel of her trial.

OfficerBlue
OfficerBlue

Editor

What trial? I'd give 10:1 odds for the prosecutor dropping charges under pressure from SJWs.

vboyles
vboyles

This is pure bull!!! If she had not acted as she did, cussing, spitting and being a total jerk, she wouldn't have been arrested. The officer told her over and over, don't get in this, go away and she kept on. Time to end this crap with let's see if we can become a millionaire paydays.

spclopr8tr
spclopr8tr

POS. Karma is going to be a bitch for her.

bronx163
bronx163

Fuck her. Savage.
Cop should of took fat savage to the ground and pepper sorayed her. 2 on one. You have send the message to other savages you will be treated like an animal when you act like one.

BiffCanlett
BiffCanlett

There is a wonderful old expression which says, "Don't argue with a pig. You will both get dirty, and the pig will enjoy it !". Weird in this case since the pig is this female. There is no opportunity to have an intelligent discussion with her, since she is so deficient in intelligence. It is so sad that officers must put up with this crap. This officer should get a medal for integrity in the face of the enemy.

TucsonJim
TucsonJim

These ignorant, foul-mouthed women brought this on themselves. How about "I'm sorry officer, I didn't know that was against the rules. I will keep my foot off the seat from now on." End of story, no big deal. But she has to curse the officer, refuse to comply with simple directives, refuse to get off the train, and generally act like a complete jerk. The patience of the officer was incredible. I don't see how anybody could do this job, putting up with this kind of crap all the time. He deserves a medal.l

Steve1
Steve1

Another snowflake sticking her nose into something that did not concern her was arrested for assaulting a police officer by spitting in his face. I pray the snowflake is prosecuted to the fullest of the law and what ever law suit she thinks she has the right to file, is shoved back in her face!

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

The NFL bashing of police officers has its consequences.

Oldbarnowl
Oldbarnowl

Metro CEO is a pos for not backing the officer. The seat is not for feet...anyone with a brain knows that. Trash like her is the downside to using the Metro. Entitled slug.

cclaxton
cclaxton

Black Lives Matter is to blame.

Skoolboy42
Skoolboy42

This is simply another example of so little respect for authority. As another commenter stated it could have been simply handled by the 1st girl saying “ aI am sorry Officer I didn’t realize you can’t put your feet on the seat (though it is always posted). I won’t do it again”. Instead you get foul mouthed disrespect and bystanders urging on the offender to stand their ground. I have the deepest respect for the Officers who choose to endure the abuse with professionalism.

RachelTania
RachelTania

It might be easier to take her seriously if that cheap lipstick didn't make her mouth look exactly like a pug's butthole.

cspcapt
cspcapt

the guy should have gone too, officer really kept his cool

cops-kid
cops-kid

50 years ago my dad carried a hickory "nightstick" suitable for "educational purposes", in some instances we really need to step back in time.

cops-kid
cops-kid

Take a knee ... or two. Real men should will never hit a woman, but when she chose to spit, she just proved herself sub-human.

Jeve
Jeve

The guy recording should go too! The metro is a pos for not backing their officers.
This dumbass bitch and im a women and usually don’t call women that but no respect for the law.!! Eff her I would like to sit on her jury case and tell that bitch to go get an education learn respect and get rid of that stupid whore lipstick. She looks just as dumb in both stories. RESPECT THE LAW IDIOT. ITS THERE FOR A REASON. Just dumb. Sorry that just pissed me off. She has no clue.

Szrudy3
Szrudy3

I wonder if it is a law, that you can’t thump those girls on the side of head I just want to knock sense into head not hurt them But I would be breaking the law Oh well they are young and stupid

lds719
lds719

I think this officer showed great restraint. But if he or the other officers involved chose to, they had the complete legal right to smack her. This isn't spitting, but this drunk cunt barely touched this officer and his response was found to be completely warranted. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oO1tTsI4X90

cclaxton
cclaxton

Lechuga is a perfect example of what is wrong with the minority rights movement. Arrogant, angry, fraudulent, demagogues, and a public embarrassment. Then, she defiantly tries to defend her spitting on an officer and foul language as something "anyone else would do?"....Maybe in her neighborhood.

gfc1963
gfc1963

So she spits in the cops face and she is the victim?? And she had all the usual liberal leftie snowflakes at her table by the looks of it. The video proves SHE is the criminal NOT the cop.

rover77
rover77

a left wing martyr is born ...soon to be followed by matching T shirts, professionally made signs, a candle lit march and an attorney in a bow tie

JillE
JillE

Still impossible for me to take her seriously after seeing the video. She is a disgusting pos. And, yeah, that lipstick is pretty hilarious! 🤣

ProCop
ProCop

Make a call to ICE and see if either is illegal.. and take appropriate action if not.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

She was more foul mouthed than Bethany Nava who started the whole thing. Do what's asked of you and you won't get hurt. Do they not know that all this video mess follows you throughout your life? The officer was very patient and took a bunch of crap from her for far too long. poor baby...........

FrogHill
FrogHill

That's the "Hickory Shampoo" that I was talking about and yes, it does need to be returned to the "Arsenal of weapons" to be attempted before the gunfire unless the circumstances dictate going weapons hot

Ace17
Ace17

What a rude disgusting POS! Never spit on anyone's face!! She should get jail time. One year!!! Just for the deplorable act of spitting in an officer's face.

Ace17
Ace17

This really pisses me off!😠

retnip
retnip

I hope the throw the book at her. totally ridiculous. Morons

TEB
TEB

This fat poor excuse for a human being, she is a nasty beast.

Katarina
Katarina

The rules of the train state no feet on the seats. Partly to keep the seats (relatively) clean for the next passenger. Common sense and consideration. The waffling CEO needs to decide to either change the rules, or enforce them. How do normal and sane people in California tolerate this circus day after day.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Who films shit in portrait orientation anyway? Annoying to watch that way...

firenw
firenw

These idiots do not represent the Latino community, not me for sure. My mamma didn't raise no idiot nor fool.. smh, hope these 2 get what they deserve.

Tinman983
Tinman983

The funniest line was when the fat broad said that the (police) think they can do whatever the (expletive) they want. Really? What a piece of garbage she and her little friends are.

Kno yourRole
Kno yourRole

...And then playing the victim?? It is unreal....there is no hope for ppl like that....

Fukdapolice
Fukdapolice

Lechuga is such a piece of shît. Her lawyers are garbage for making stupid claims with her.

michaelz
michaelz

what a piece of garbage that girl. thinks they have everything coming to them. thinks its ok to break the rules. Oh well its ok if she wants to break in your car no big deal right? rules are rules. no respect for life and herself obviously. and to spit on someone. just disgusting. hope she gets jail time. trying to lie now and claim bullshit racism. what a joke. pisses me off.

Nick Nitro
Nick Nitro

A woman pulled off a Red Line train by a Los Angeles Police Department officer for allegedly not putting her feet down from a seat has been found not guilty of the charges against her.