officerfriendly.jpgBrenda Guzman had her school-issued MetroCard, but her sister Dabeiba didn't. However, Dabeiba did have a note from Bread and Roses High School, since her high school ran out of Metrocards, and Dabeiba presented the note, which said she should be allowed into the subway. But, according to NY1, that's wasn't enough for a transit officer on Monday afternoon.

The officer looked at the note and refused to let the girls pass, and when Debeiba attempted to get on the train anyway, the female officer grabbed her. Brenda intervened, telling the cop not to hurt her sister, and the transit cop hit her on the head with her radio. The two girls have been charged with trespassing, theft of services, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest; NY1 says Brenda is still in the hospital recovering from her head injuries.

The transit cop says that, because she was surrounded by aggressive teenagers, she felt threatened and that her life was in danger. A witness to the event paints a different picture:

"When I saw the girl come up to the train, I didn't see her really being resistful or really forcing and I didn't see anything threatening about the girls," said witness Cori O'Donnell. "They were a lot smaller than the cop, and that's why when I saw her hit in the head. It really shocked me, because the girls were so small compared to the cop."

A lawyer for the girls claims that the only reason any criminal charges were filed against the high-schoolers was because they were subjected to and witnessed an incident of police brutality. We'll attest that large groups of teenagers on the subway can be, if not threatening, at least raucous and overhwhelming, but hitting a kid on the head seems fairly extreme.