1. Enact dumb, excessive laws
2. Blame cops for enforcing those laws
3. Feel entitled to resist arrest because they think the laws are dumb and excessive
4. Blame cops for enforcing the law against resisting arrest t.co/BRMBKdpzVW
— Chris (@4cchild) November 11, 2019
California is filled with stupid laws like sanctuary law. A diabetic with low blood sugar cannot always wait till they’re off the train or platform. It’s funny because 2 or 3 years ago a family was cooking in a park in San Francisco in an area clearly marked that bbqs were illegal, so a lady called the cops & was crucified by the same lefties for calling the cops on a poor helpless family(minority family, of course). She was fired from her job as I recall. So what is it, California – do we have to obey laws or not? It seems like your answer changes every day.
BART says it’s looking into an incident earlier this week in which a man was detained and handcuffed after a transit agency police officer spotted him eating a breakfast sandwich.
BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said videos of the incident, which occurred about 8 a.m. Monday on the platform of the Pleasant Hill Station, has been forwarded to the agency’s independent police auditor for review.
One video, posted Friday to Facebook and Twitter, shows the sandwich-eating man, who appears to be African American, protesting that he had been singled out by the BART police officer, who appears to be white.
Videos of the incident first appeared on the Facebook account of “Bill Gluckman” — an apparent pseudonym. At one point in the video, the man gives his first name as “Steve.” The principal officer in the case, identified by his nameplate as D. McCormick, later refers to the man as “Mr. Foster.”
The platform video begins after McCormick had made contact with the man. California lawmakes it an infraction to eat or drink “in or on a (transit) system facility or vehicle in areas where those activities are prohibited by that system.”
“You’re eating,” the officer says, restraining the man by holding his backpack. “So what?” the man replies. “It’s against the law. … It’s a violation of California law. I have the right to detain you,” the officer says. “No you don’t,” the man responds. “Can you please let my backpack go?” A moment later, the officer calls for backup and tells the man he’s “going to jail” for resisting arrest.
— Tone Oliver (@ToneOliver) November 8, 2019
The longer version of the footage, on Facebook, shows the dispute continuing for more than seven minutes before other officers arrive. At one point, after McCormick had asked for the man’s name, the man bursts out with a series of homophobic slurs.
Perhaps it’s more of a “parentheses states” issue than just California alone: NYPD Officers Arrest Churro Vendor At Broadway Junction.
(Classical reference in headline.)