Skip to comments.Man Handcuffed for Eating Sandwich in Violation of Tyrannical Calif. Law (VIDEO)
Posted on 11/14/2019 8:12:05 AM PST by ObozoMustGo2012
How far would you be willing to go to reduce litter on public transportation? In the state of California, law enforcement is willing to handcuff a man for the crime of eating a sandwich.
According to KGO-TV in the Bay Area, 31-year-old Steve Foster was handcuffed and detained Monday on an open-air platform at the Pleasant Hill station in Walnut Creek, California.
A cop putting a man in handcuffs for eating a sandwich would have been business as usual, sadly except, in the cell phone age, the whole thing was recorded and ended up inflicting a massive black eye on the Bay Area Rapid Transit public transportation system, not to mention Californias profoundly excessive nanny state laws.
In the interaction with the police officer identified only as D. McCormick Foster expressed disbelief that he was targeted for enforcement.
You singled me out, out of all these people, Foster said to McCormick.
Youre eating. Its against the law, the officer replied.
So what? Foster responded.
Theres something called selective enforcement, something which our law enforcement readers will no doubt be familiar with. Californias law which punishes people for eating on train platforms with a $250 fine or 48 hours of community service, according to the Washington Examiner is patently ridiculous.
Its the kind of thing thats best ignored, the sort of thing thats not worth a police officers time. At worst, its the kind of thing that should merit a ticket, no matter how truculent the eater in question is being.
This is California, though, so this isnt how this ended. McCormick held Foster while another officer put him in handcuffs, in spite of protestations from bystanders. One of them pointed out that there were no signs on the platform informing commuters that eating on the platform was illegal.
All of this may be true, but we all know California needs that sweet, sweet $250.
Heres the interaction:
WARNING: The following video contains profanity and vulgar language that some readers may find offensive. Viewer discretion is advised.
Its a violation of California law. I have the right to detain you, McCormick said, Youre going to jail.
For eating a fing sandwich? Foster replied.
Yes, for eating a sandwich. Thats where California is right now.
It would have been simpler if he would have come up to me and said hey, you cant eat on BART nor on the platform. I should have been informed because I didnt know I couldnt eat on the platform, Foster told KGO.
A statement from BART, however, says the officer did warn him.
When the officer walked by again and still saw him eating, he moved forward with the process of issuing him a citation, the statement read.
Foster said that didnt happen.
He never walked past me, I was at the end of the platform so it was impossible for him to walk past me. He just came straight to me from the escalator like I watched him come up the escalator and make a bee line straight to me, Foster said.
The video was taken by Fosters girlfriend, Nicole Hernandez.
When he was grabbing him, like four, I dont know if it was four or six officers who came running up about a sandwich, I was nervous, she told KGO. When they turned him around and grabbed him and put him in handcuffs, I was nervous.
Foster admitted that after the officer asked for his ID and grabbed his bag, he used homophobic slurs and cursed at the officer. Thats uncalled for. But then, so is the entirety of this interaction.
The incident has now spurred protests and complaints that people of color are being targeted by law enforcement a reaction which is predictable, given that were dealing with California, but which completely misses the point.
This is a law that simply shouldnt exist in its current form.
Then again, its not like there arent plenty of needless laws on the books in California.
BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said Foster was not arrested. He was cited for eating, which is a violation of state law.
She added that he was also handcuffed after refusing to give his name several times. This is all meant to make things sound better and yet, the law shouldnt exist in its current format nor should Foster have had to give his name in the first place.
BART general manager Bob Powers apologized for the interaction and, again, managed to miss the point entirely.
The officer was doing his job but context is key, his statement read. 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. We have to read each situation and allow people to get where they are going on time and safely.
Im disappointed how the situation unfolded. I apologize to Mr. Foster, our riders, employees, and the public who have had an emotional reaction to the video.
The problem isnt the police officer or the context of the incident.
He was, and it pains me to say this, doing his job. Perhaps he should have exercised a bit of selective enforcement, but he was still simply enforcing a law thats already on the books.
The problem is the law that led to the man being handcuffed.
If Foster was littering, fine. There was no evidence of this.
What theres evidence of is a law that neednt have been enforced and a mentality toward enforcement of minor crimes in California that needs to change like so much else in the state.
All I have to say is, thank goodness this guy wasnt using a plastic straw.
That might have required a SWAT team.
If he had pissed or shat upon the platform he would have been ok...................
California doesn’t have bigger problems...
It would be okay if he shoplifted, or dropped a deuce on the sidewalk. Eating chicken, not okay!
False. He was handcuffed for resisting arrest and failing to identify himself.
I ride BART. 99.9% of the riders appreciate the cops enforcing the clearly posted law.
A few years ago, a teen girl was arrested for eating fries in the subway.
In CA, a very, very bad thing to eat a sandwich but it’s ok to take a dump on the sidewalk.
You can take a bodacious Obama on the street, but you cannot eat a sandwich on already dirty public transportation.
Mexifornians, you are long overdue for an overthrow of your repressive government. We’ll look the other way if you resort to violence (which you will have to).
$1,000 fine for throwing a frisbee or football on any LA County beach outside of a specially-designated zone.
$1,000 fine for digging a hole IN THE SAND over 18 inches in depth on any LA County beach.
He was cited for eating, which is a violation of state law.
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That is why I do not eat in California.
Except that he wasn’t put in handcuffs for eating a sandwich, he was put in cuffs for thinking he did not have to obey the law, or the lawful direction of the officer while yelling at him. Had he simply put the sandwich away or stepped to a place he could lawfully eat it, this would have never occurred. You can say the law is silly, and maybe it is, but these laws are usually made at the complaints of people who are affected. If you don’t like the law, change it.
For some reason, there’s a prohibition on eating or drinking on or near anything to do with public transit, in many transit systems around the globe. I don’t understand why this stricture exists. Why not prohibit eating or drinking on public streets as well?
It is harder to support a legislature that passes such a law. And requires income from police officers charged with enforcing such a law.
Interestingly, if he had finished the sandwich and “pooped” on the same platform he probably would have not been arrested. It’s California.
Hes lucky he wasnt smoking. Probably wouldve been shot on sight.
Better that he shat on the street. No violation there!
So why was the cop trying to take his bag at the beginning? To search it? Because he had probably cause to suspect he was carrying dessert with him too? Perhaps a nice key lime pie? Or perhaps this ridiculous law gives cops pretext to selectively harass people based on nothing actually bad being done.
For those who think that the police wouldn't goose step into your house and confiscate your firearms over your dead body keep this example in mind.
Misleading headline. He wasn’t handcuffed for eating a sandwich. He was handcuffed for being belligerent and arguing with the officer. But yeah ... it’s a stupid law.
If you don't agree with the law, take it up with the lawmakers. But don't harass the cop on the beat that's just doing his job. This guy was a total jerk.
So, our side is using the misleading use of selective facts the way the left does? Notsogood.
[Except that he wasnt put in handcuffs for eating a sandwich, he was put in cuffs for thinking he did not have to obey the law]
How did he know there was a law? As the woman filming said, there’s no sign on the platform indicating as such. Should he just be a good sheep and do what authority tells him to?
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