Three private security guards hired by the MTA to help fight farebeating and improve safety on the New York City subway system have been arrested after allegedly beating a civilian last week, the New York Post reports. Allegedly, when a civilian was told he couldn’t exit the station through an emergency gate by three guards, he began filming his interaction with the guards and one guard slapped the phone out of his hands while the other two beat him, leaving lacerations on his face.
The guards were employed through City Safe Partners. Apprehended by NYPD officers, they have been charged with assault, harassment and disorderly conduct. The MTA increased the presence of security contractors in the subway system throughout 2022.