A man was arrested for eating a sandwich while standing on a station platform waiting fo a commuter train in San Francisco. You can watch the video and then read what happened here.
Cop in California legit tried to arrest a black man bc he was “illegally eating.”😳
My mind can’t even begin to comprehend the arrogance needed to justify this nonsense
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) November 10, 2019
In the end four police officers arrived on the scene and handcuffed him and took him away, a ridiculous over-reaction, considering that there are no signs telling people that they cannot eat on the platform, as the police officer was told by the person filming the encounter. The citation they gave him calls for him to pay a $250 fine or do 48 hours of community service.
About six minutes into the video, another police officer, identified on his badge as L. Vallejo, reaches the platform with three other armed officials, forcibly turns Gluckman around and handcuffs him.
“Four cops for eating a sandwich?,” Gluckman and the person filming the video say repeatedly to the camera.
The officers say in the video that Gluckman had been arrested on suspicion of additional charges, which had been reported before McCormick spotted him eating on the platform.
“There was a report of somebody matching your description,” Vallejo answered, before taking Gluckman to a locked detention room behind the station.
“I literally just got here. Check the cameras,” Gluckman says loudly as the door shuts in front of the camera.
Of course, “somebody matching your description’ is police-speak for ‘black male’. No other identifying characteristics are deemed to be necessary. You would think that four police officers in a major metropolitan area would be somewhere catching, you know, real criminals rather than sandwich eating. Even if eating on the platform is technically an offense, all the police officer would have to do is inform the person of the rule and then tell them to finish it quickly or throw it away, instead of escalating it.
The head of the transit authority has apolozied to Gluckman.