Couple says they were arrested for trespassing after passing out bus tokens

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX)- Julia Miller and Martin Mashon say they were trying to lend a helping hand but instead were put in handcuffs.

“We were both placed under arrest for trespassing”, Miller said.

“Martin was also given an additional charge for resisting arrest even though he did not resist.”

On January 26th the couple went to the CATA bus station in Downtown Lansing to give out bus tokens and was disturbed by a conversation they over heard.

“He verbally said I don't care if it's freezing”, Miller explained.

“I don't care if they're cold, I don't care if they die. It's not my job to care. It's my job to remove them from here.”

Miller claims an LPD officer and a security guard wrongfully accused people of loitering and demanded them to leave the atrium at the height of the polar vortex.

The couple told News 10 the situation escalated when they questioned the officers about forcing people out in the cold.

The two were asked to show their I.D. but when they refused, Miller says they were detained and put under arrest.

Miller is facing 90 days in jail and her partner's charges carry a two-year-sentence.

News 10 reached out to the Lansing City Attorney's Office for comment.

We're still waiting for a response.