A police officer detained a man for eating a sandwich at Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train platform in San Franciso. A video of the incident which is going viral on social media shows the man identified as Steve Foster being handcuffed and arrested for eating in the paid area of BART station in San Franciso, California last week. Alabama Man Feeds 'Attack Squirrel' Drugs to Make it More Aggressive, Arrested.
Holding onto Foster's backpack, Officer D McCormick says, "You're eating. It's against the law." On being asked his name, Foster refuses to answer and tells the officer that he has not done anything wrong. After the incident went viral on social media platforms, it garnered a lot of criticisms. BART General Manager Bob Powers issued a statement saying that he was disappointed how the incident unfolded and apologised to others who "have had an emotional reaction to the video." Chinese Man Names Dogs After Government Employees, Detained For Giving 'Illegal Names' to His Canines.
The statement read, "Eating in the paid area is banned and there are multiple signs inside every station saying as much. As a transportation system, our concern with eating is related to the cleanliness of our stations and system. This was not the case in the incident at Pleasant Hill station on Monday. The officer asked the rider not to eat while passing by on another call. It should have ended there, but it didn't."
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It continues, "When the officer walked by again and still saw him eating, he moved forward with the process of issuing him a citation. The individual refused to provide identification, cursed at and made homophobic slurs at the officer who remained calm throughout the entire engagement."
Powers said that BART's independent police auditor is carrying out an investigation into the incident. Several BART riders who were upset by the incident protested by conducting an "eat-in" on the platform. On Monday, BART spokesperson Alicia Trost that an officer issued a citation to Foster but did not arrest him. She said, "The court will determine the level of fine he should pay."