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Protests have ensued after public outrage, sparked by a black man eating a sandwich while waiting for the train.
Over the weekend a video went viral after a man was arrested at the Pleasant Hill BART station in San Francisco, for literally eating a sandwich. SFist reported, that Bill Gluckman was detained after an officer approached him and told him her was breaking the law for eating his breakfast sandwich on the platform. “You’re eating. It’s against the law,” officer D. McCormick can be heard saying in the video. He then says, “you’re going to jail.”
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Gluckman was not actually taken to jail, but handcuffed, removed from the platform and given a citation. Alicia Trost, a BART spokesperson responded to the backlash saying, “No matter how you feel about eating on BART, the officer saw someone eating and asked him to stop, when he didn’t, he was given a citation. The individual was not cooperative and was not providing his identification which is needed for a citation and is why the engagement lasted as long as it did.”
Regardless of whether he was actually taken into custody, the public was infuriated. Many said although it is illegal to eat on the train and the platform, that food is sold outside the station and that white people “do it all the time,” suggesting the arrest may have been racially motivated. Trost also said, an independent police auditor is reviewing the case.
Peep pictures and videos from yesterday’s protest below:
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Kelly Groth passed out sandwiches & called it #BrunchOnBART. BART Board of Directors Janice Li was brought her own lunch & thinks it’s unfair.
No one was arrested! pic.twitter.com/QeLmEw3bRv
— Jerome Trammel (@MrJeromeTrammel) November 10, 2019
#BART riders angered by a viral video showing a man being handcuffed and cited by police for eating a sandwich as he waited for a train, staged an “eat-in” protest at Embarcadero Station on Saturday.#EatingAtBART pic.twitter.com/FJlU1BGOhH
— The Crisis Magazine (@thecrisismag) November 11, 2019
— KTBB Radio (@KTBBRadio) November 11, 2019
Just a little branching on BART to protest BART police pic.twitter.com/xFNNiSOvvO
— Jon Winter Wong-erland🎄 (@thewongmann) November 9, 2019
— chris arvin 💕 🌁 (@chrisarvinsf) November 9, 2019
Eating out here at Embarcadero station to protest the recent policing incident at BART. pic.twitter.com/9PU6xhPoe1
— kueller 🥑 (@_kueller) November 9, 2019