King County Metro has announced a new policy for Link light rail operators after a man was pepper-sprayed on Link light rail by both an operator and a deputy.
The incident was captured on cellphone video by Avery McGinnis, who takes the same train every morning. She and other passengers were alarmed by a man who was walking up and down the aisle, at times yelling and standing over people.
"Everyone was kind of scared, not really knowing what was going on, what was going to happen," McGinnis said. "We didn't know if he had something on him, if he had weapons."
After the man refused to get off the train, it stopped at Othello Station in the Rainier Valley, and passengers were instructed to get off. Surveillance video newly obtained by KIRO 7 shows the deputy motioning with her left hand, trying to get the man to leave the light rail car. In her right hand is the pepper spray, which she uses on the man before trying to physically force him off the train. Then video depicts her tossing the pepper spray to the light rail operator standing by.
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