LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — An off-duty NYPD officer was arrested for allegedly throwing a MTA conductor to the ground on the J train during Wednesday morning rush hour.
Kiyya Rivera, 37, was leaving the train cabin when she hit the off-duty NYPD officer with the door shortly before 9 a.m., police said.
A verbal argument ensued until the off-duty NYPD officer, identified as Tremel Davis, 33, threw Rivera to the ground, injuring her arm, according to police.
Rivera, who has been on the job for over three years, pulled the emergency break as the train was leaving the Essex-Delancey subway station in the Lower East Side.
Video taken by a passenger on the train captured the chaos as commuters are left trapped and clueless of the situation.
People outside of the train are seen telling the passengers that officers are at the other subway cart sorting things out.
According to a statement by the MTA, officers at the scene asked everyone to remain in the train as the officer was placed in custody. The operator walked through the train and informed customer of the incident.
"Transit workers risk being attacked and abused like this everyday as they move millions of bus and subway riders," said Pete Donohue, director of press and media relations for Transport Workers Union Local 100.
Tremel was arrested at the station and charged with assault.