BART Has Cops Enforce No-Eating Law, Then Blames Cop For Enforcing Law

BART General Manager Bob Powers apologized to a man featured hurting homophobic slurs at police while he was detained.

Contra Costa Centre, CA – The general manager of the San Francisco-area subway system apologized to a man arrested for having breakfast on the train platform despite the fact he hurled homophobic slurs at officers during his arrest (video below).

The incident occurred when a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer approached a passenger who was eating a breakfast sandwich on the Pleasant Hill train platform, KGO reported.

The officer asked the man, later identified as Steve Foster, for his name and told him what he was doing was illegal.

A cell phone video filmed by a witness showed the interaction between the BART officer and Foster.

The officer repeatedly told Foster he was detained and asked for his name, as he kept a firm grasp on the strap of the suspect’s Mickey Mouse backpack, the video showed.

Foster insisted that he ate breakfast on the train platform every morning and that the officer had no right to cite him for it.

The video showed that the police officer remained calm and cool through the entire exchange as Foster grew more agitated and eventually started hurling homophobic slurs at the officer.

“I’m not even on the f--king BART, I’m on the BART f--king platform getting ready to get on BART. He’s saying I’m eating on BART. What f--king BART do you see? [unintelligible] your fa--ot a--. You f--king f--. Ask your momma what my name is,” Foster ranted as a woman filming on her phone offered her two cents that everybody eats on the platform.

As soon as backup arrived on the scene, officers began handcuffing Foster and took him into custody.

The video showed Foster screaming and cursing through the train station to all the other passengers that he had been arrested for eating a sandwich on the platform.

But he was being detained for refusing to give his name to police officers, not for eating on the platform, KGO.

Had Foster given his name to the officer, he likely would have received a written citation and been on his way.

"He was handcuffed once he refused to provide identification. He was cited and released once he provided identification," a BART spokesman said in a statement.

The video of the incident that was posted to social media quickly went viral, and inspired a group of activists to organize an “eat in” on train platforms throughout the BART system on Monday to protest the arrest, ABC News reported.

Officials tried to explain that eating in the BART system is illegal and that Foster wasn’t actually arrested.

“We have confirmed w/ the Deputy Chief he was not arrested. He was cited for eating, which is a violation of state law,” BART tweeted last week, according to The New York Times. “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.”

BART General Manager Bob Powers said in a statement that “eating in the paid area is banned and there are multiple signs inside every station saying as much.”

Powers also acknowledged that Foster refused to provide identification and “cursed at and made homophobic slurs at the officer who remained calm throughout the entire engagement.”

But then he went on to apologize to the passenger who broke the law and cursed at police by saying that “context is key” and the officer might have gone too far, The New York Times reported.

At least one member of the BART board thought the apology by the general manager was ridiculous, KGO reported.

"I think that our police officer, in this case, acted exactly the way he is expected to. To uphold the law,” BART Director Debora Allen said. “The whole thing has been rather humiliating to our police force that our General Manager reacted this way.”

The BART Police Officers’ Association has backed up the officers involved in the incident.

"In this situation, our officer was calm and professional when he advised a rider (Steve Foster) of the prohibition against eating in the paid area of the station. Unfortunately Foster immediately became hostile and belligerent,” the union said in a written statement.

Foster said he is considering legal action and he does not accept the Powers’ apology, according to KGO.

Watch video of the controversial incident here below:

Comments (47)
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Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Well, this IS in California where common sense has NOT PLACE

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

fn

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

“Foster is considering taking legal action” yes, like showing up in court and paying your fine, that’s all the legal action you can do. You broke the law, now pay the price. Fucking snowflake, homophobic asshat.

flybynight
flybynight

Can we make a citizens arrest?

aadragna
aadragna

This guy has ASSHAT written all over him. The police tell him that he's not supposed to eat up there and this upstanding young man tells them to fuck off. And you know what folks??? It's just going to get worse. The reason there are so many criminals is because the fucking criminals don't think what their doing is against the law.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

The only “f————t” was the one throwing a tantrum because he didn’t want to be held responsible. His belligerent response confirms that he knew he was in the wrong.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

You are allowed to bring food onto BART, you just can't eat it in the paid areas of the trains or platforms. It is CA law, and it is so simple to follow, that everyone except self-centered inconsiderate people do. Eat all you want to everywhere else in the stations.

A reasonable person, instead of saying, "that law is ridiculous; I ignore it daily," would say, "Oh my gosh, officer. I am very sorry. I had no idea. I'll wrap it up immediately, okay?" And probably nothing would have transpired.

Instead, the perp knows it's going to go on social media, so he is full of himself, and he strives to act like a "rebel," LOL. His cause is so noble, moral, and just, he reminds me of Rosa Parks, ha.

It's only a matter of time until California turns into Somalia. In certain Dem cities, many people already live at below third-world standards.

tfort
tfort

It’s just a sandwich.

By the way, why didn’t the arrest and cite all the BART “eaters” that were protesting? You cannot selectively enforce laws.

What kind of cop is this - oh, I remember, they are the cops who shot and killed Oscar Grant.

Grog
Grog

The BART Officers had better watch their backs as long as BART General Manager Bob Powers is on the job! "Good job. Now don't do it again."

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Wait . . . this site now thinks that homophobic slurs are somehow inappropriate?!?!? Do tell.

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

You can s--t and pis- on the sidewalks in Cali but not eat? No wonder why Cali is the land of fruits and nuts.

JLo1
JLo1

Can't fix stupid!

PapouTom
PapouTom

A typical California managerial response! The ass wipe is right and the cop is wrong! No wonder the state is going to hell in a hand basket! God help the few good people left in the state, because their government sure won't!

Woobie46
Woobie46

This is too easy. Now that you BART people know where you stand, why would you ever enforce anything they say you must???? They are mentally handicapped in that city - all in charge - I feel sorry for anyone who is normal (not this guy) who has to live there. And do you HAVE to live there? How trapped can you be if you can afford to live in SF? I guess I don't feel sorry for you after all...

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

If Foster had simply followed the rules, this wouldn't have happened. If Foster had not given the cop a hard time for doing his job, none of this would have happened. if BART had changed the rules to allow eating on the platform, none of this would have happened. If the GM of BART had any sort of spine and had stood up for his officer, who was doing his job as BART requests, this might not have happened next time.

It's pretty embarrassing that a law enforcement officer observes a crime (albeit a minor one) occurring, and when he enforces the law in a professional manner, not only for the GM condemn his actions but many in the media say the law enforcement officer was wrong for enforcing the law.

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

Non victim mentality...

“Sir, I apologize. I was unaware of this new law stating that we are not allowed to eat. I’ll throw it away immediately.”

Victim hood rat mentality...

Whatever that guy did

Forbidden
Forbidden

commifornia wants these stupid laws but don't follow these laws