Conductors Union Calls for Firing, Arrest of MTA Cops, Citing Police Brutality

Metro-North’s biggest union is calling for the arrest of two MTA police officers who accused a conductor of assaulting them last week, claiming a surveillance video shows the officers tackling the conductor to the ground in a clear-cut case of police brutality, The Journal News/lohud.com has learned.

In a letter to MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota, Anthony Aprea, the executive director of the Association of Commuter Rail Employees, said conductor Thomas Moran was attacked by the officers while trying to have a passenger removed from a train at Grand Central Terminal.

“The assault and arrest of Conductor Tom Moran on Friday August 4, by the MTA police were nothing short of police brutality, abuse of authority and lack of professionalism at its worst,” Aprea writes.

“Conductor Moran is not a criminal, nor was he the subject of any police investigation and never before was there any assertion that he had violated any laws,” the letter adds. “In the course of a normal work day, he sought to uphold the operating rules set by Metro-North Railroad – he made a professional assessment to ensure the safety of the train’s ridership.”

Moran, 48, of Cheshire, Conn., was charged with second-degree assault and resisting arrest. He is due back in court Sept. 27.

MTA police say the officers interceded after Moran refused a customer’s request to have the northbound train stop at 125th Street in Harlem. The train only picks up passengers at 125th Street. They say Moran refused to show the officers his identification card and walked away, “flailing his arms” and knocking officers to the ground.

But Aprea, whose union represents Moran, said he was allowed to view the video and says the officers were the aggressors.

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