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US BART riders hold lunchtime 'eat-in' protest after man detained for eating sandwich on platform

01:45  11 november  2019
01:45  11 november  2019 Source:   abc7news.com

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There was a defiant lunchtime eat - in on the platform inside the Embarcardero BART station, where eating isn't allowed. This was in response to a man being detained for eating a sandwich on the platform at Pleasant Hill BART . SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A man detained this week by BART Police for eating a sandwich on a train platform , is sparking some outrage with the public. RELATED: BART GM apologizes after man handcuffed for eating sandwich ; more protests expected.

The man received a citation after the Nov. 4 confrontation, according to BART officials, who also said that the man was not arrested. “We have confirmed w/ the Deputy Chief he was not arrested. He was cited for eating , which is a violation of state law,” the transit agency shared on its verified Twitter page last The video, which garnered 3 million views on Facebook as of Monday night, caused an uproar and inspired activists to stage a lunchtime “ eat - in ” protest over the weekend. Images and videos posted to social media on Saturday show several people enjoying sandwiches on a train platform .

A man detained this week by BART Police for eating a sandwich on a train platform, is sparking some outrage with the public.

Many have seen the incident that was caught on tape.

ABC7 News first brought you the story on Friday. On Saturday, some gathered to protest the incident by eating their own sandwiches on BART property.

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There was a defiant lunchtime eat - in on the platform inside the Embarcardero BART station, where eating isn't allowed. This was in response to a man being detained for eating a sandwich on the platform at Pleasant Hill BART . SAN FRANCISCO -- A man detained this week by BART Police for eating a sandwich on a train platform , is sparking some outrage with the public. RELATED: BART GM apologizes after man handcuffed for eating sandwich ; more protests expected.

"I've got my lunch here, it's very threatening as you can see," said JJ Naughton from San Francisco.

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There was a defiant lunchtime eat-in on the platform inside the Embarcardero BART station, where eating isn't allowed.

"My first political awakening was back at a lunch counter in the '60s, now we're back to 'eat-ins," said John Reimann from Oakland.

About 30 people gathered for lunch to protest an incident recently captured on cellphone video at the Pleasant Hill BART Station.

Steve Foster of Concord says he was detained, even handcuffed by a BART Police officer, because he was eating a sandwich while waiting for a train.

"I'm definitely upset, mad, a little frustrated and angry about it," said Foster.

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Powers said eating in the "paid area" is banned and there are multiple signs inside every station stating so. The concern with eating is related to cleanliness, Powers said, adding that this was not the case in the incident at the Pleasant Hill station last Monday. "Enforcement of infractions such as eating and drinking inside our paid area should not be used to prevent us from delivering on our mission to provide safe, reliable and clean transportation," Powers said. Powers apologized in his statement to Foster and to "the public who have had an emotional reaction to the video" and said that he has spoken to the

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BART says state law prohibits people from eating or drinking in the paid portions of the station.

Law or not, Kelly Groth was passing out breakfast sandwiches in the station Saturday for what she called brunch on BART.

"People should be able to eat on the platform without getting harassed," said Groth.

"I wanted to make sure I showed up and ate on the plaza which I've done hundreds of times before to show what they did to us was embarrassing for BART Police," said John Jacobo from San Francisco.

"To me, I have no doubt this guy was treated differently because he is a young black man," John Riemann added.

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BART Board of Directors member Janice Li was also here and brought her own lunch. Li believes there are bigger issues to deal with.

"I realize some things are illegal with our penal code, but I want to be mindful of how we're using resources to enforce our system," said Li.

The full video shows that Foster did insult the officer and used a homophobic slur.

In a statement, BART said about Foster: "He was not arrested.. he was cited for eating which is a violation of state law. The man was lawfully handcuffed after refusing to provide his name multiple times, once he provided his name he was cited and released."

BART says the video will be reviewed by their independent police auditor.

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