Train boss apologizes after a black man was enthralled with eating a sandwich on a platform

A train boss apologized after a black man was enthralled with eating a sandwich on a platform.

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And & # 39; eat-in & # 39; protests are scheduled for next weekend to show support to the man after he was detained.

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) general manager Robert Powers apologized yesterday after video footage of the arrest went viral.

Mr. Powers said Buzz feed: & # 39; Enforcement of offenses, such as eating and drinking in our paid area, may not be used to prevent us from fulfilling our mission to deliver safe, reliable and clean transportation.

& # 39; I apologize to Mr. Foster, our riders, employees, and the public who have had an emotional reaction to the video. & # 39;

A Facebook event that features a & # 39; McMuffin eat-in & # 39; is entitled: & # 39; Eat a McMuffin on BART: They Can & # 39; t Stop Us All & # 39 ;.

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) CEO Robert Powers (photo) apologized yesterday after video footage of the arrest went viral

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Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) CEO Robert Powers (photo) apologized yesterday after video footage of the arrest went viral

So far, 528 people have said they will participate and another 1,600 have indicated their interest.

And Janice Li, who represents a part of San Francisco on the BART board of directors, said: & # 39; It is extremely disturbing for me to see another young black man affected by law enforcement.

& # 39; This is a matter of where we are taking our BART police. We know how we can make the system better and safer, and it is not. & # 39;

California police are now being investigated after the three white officers arrested the man, identified as Steve Rogers in the video, for eating on a train platform.

The incident happened last Monday around 8 am & # 39; in the morning and on Friday a video was posted on social media, causing controversy.

In the video, an officer appeared and appeared to Mr. Rogers, holding his backpack as he pleaded to be released.

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The 31-year-old wondered why he was being held and no other passengers were waiting at Pleasant Hill Station in Walnut Creek, California.

The passenger was shown in a video made on a BART platform that ate a sandwich and was held by an officer

The passenger was shown in a video made on a BART platform that ate a sandwich and was held by an officer

The passenger was shown in a video made on a BART platform that ate a sandwich and was held by an officer

He can be heard in the images: & # 39; You came here and caught me. Why did you choose me from all these people? & # 39;

The officer responded by pointing to the sandwich and saying: & You are eating. It's against the law, it's a violation of California law. I have the right to hold you. & # 39;

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At the start of the video, Foster, whose name is Bill Gluckman on Facebook, waved his sandwich at the camera and added: & # 39; I'm on BART & # 39; before the person replied: & # 39; You are not even on BART & # 39 ;.

The officer then said: & # 39; I just explained to you that you are stuck. You have been detained and you are not free to go. I have the right to hold you. & # 39;

Foster answered: & # 39; No, you don't. I have done nothing wrong. Can you please let my *** go. Let my backpack go. & # 39;

He can be heard to request a backup and requires Foster to show him an ID earlier threatens to imprison him for resisting arrest.

Foster says: & # 39; I am not going to jail for eating a f ****** sandwich. & # 39;

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& # 39; No, you are going to jail for resisting the arrest & # 39 ;, the officer replied.

& # 39; You're going to jail today, my husband & # 39 ;, he added, holding the strap of Foster & # 39; s bag.

The woman who filmed the exchange was told by the officer why there were no signs that customers were telling them not to eat on the platform.

The BART passenger, identified as Steve Foster, was enthralled after an officer saw him eat on a platform

The BART passenger, identified as Steve Foster, was enthralled after an officer saw him eat on a platform

The BART passenger, identified as Steve Foster, was enthralled after an officer saw him eat on a platform

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Foster then says: & # 39; I don't feel held, I feel harassed. I see people eating and drinking coffee every day and you choose me, why?

Looking at the camera, he added: & (39) He (the officer) came all the way from the platform to choose me for eating a sandwich. & # 39;

After the officer and Foster had a fight, three more BART officers arrived on the platform, forced him to turn around and handcuff.

While Foster was led away, he called: & # 39; Four agents for eating a sandwich. Nobody resists. Is it against the law to eat? & # 39;

The officers led him to a bank and while there a newly arrived officer claimed that someone who met his description had a & # 39; malfunction & # 39; on the platform.

But in a separate video, speaking only to the woman with Foster, the first officer, in his uniform identified as D. McCormick, was told that he was being informed of a woman on the platform who may & # 39 ; intoxicated & # 39; used to be.

Foster wrote on Facebook alongside the two video & # 39; s: & # 39; Just out of curiosity … someone was ever arrested and wrote a ticket for eating a breakfast sandwich on a Bart platform at 8:00 am & # 39; in the morning. Nobody? Only me? Okay. & # 39;

On Friday, BART clarified the situation in a tweet and said that despite handcuffs, Foster only received a quote.

The tweet read: & # 39; No matter what you think about eating on BART, the officer saw someone eating and asked him to stop, while he didn't, he got a quote. & # 39;

The officer, identified on his uniform in the images as D. McCormick, told the woman who filmed the arrest on the BART platform that he had a report that a woman was stunned at the station

The officer, identified on his uniform in the images as D. McCormick, told the woman who filmed the arrest on the BART platform that he had a report that a woman was stunned at the station

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The officer, identified on his uniform in the images as D. McCormick, told the woman who filmed the arrest on the BART platform that he had a report that a woman was stunned at the station

In the video posted online, the BART passenger can be heard saying: & # 39; I have done nothing wrong & # 39; while a transit officer is holding his bag

In the video posted online, the BART passenger can be heard saying: & # 39; I have done nothing wrong & # 39; while a transit officer is holding his bag

In the video posted online, the BART passenger can be heard saying: & # 39; I have done nothing wrong & # 39; while a transit officer is holding his bag

Rebecca Saltzman, vice president of BART Board, said the incident was being investigated.

On Sunday, fellow passengers launched a & # 39; eat-in & # 39; protest by eating their lunch on the platform, with around 30 people participating.

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The passenger told ABC7: & I am absolutely upset, angry, a little frustrated, angry about it. I was just sitting there waiting for my sandwich until the train came.

& # 39; I think I was selected because I was black, to be honest, & # 39; said Foster.

She said The San Francisco examiner: & # 39; The independent BART police auditor has received a complaint about this and is reviewing it. I and other BART directors follow the management on this. & # 39;

Janice Li, member of the BART board of directors, condemned the officers.

Li told the newspaper: & # 39; It is extremely worrying to see another young black man hit by the police.

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& # 39; This is a matter of where we are taking our BART police. We know how we can make the system better and safer, and it is not. & # 39;

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The passenger faces a $ 250 fine and 48-hour community service and said he was planning to fight the ticket.

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