BART Board of Directors member joins “Eating protest” on railway platform
An “Eating protest” was organized this morning at the Embarcardero BART station, San Francisco. Visitors ostentatiously ate food brought in support of the previously arrested black passenger for the same “violation”.
More than three dozen people ate their breakfasts and treated strangers who did not have food with them, some refused, still afraid of punishment from overly impulsive police representatives.
"I've got my lunch here, it's very threatening as you can see," said JJ Naughton from San Francisco to ABC7 News.
The arrest of Steve Foster provoked the indignation of the people, because of which they decided to stand up for their right not to be hungry, everywhere. It is worth mentioning that the conflict occurred at the Pleasant Hill train station on November 4th. During the “victim selection” for a fine, a black man was selected from the crowd, although other people who also had breakfast were also present at the station.
Priorities are completely wrong here. We have people on a daily evading riding fees , assualting riders, breaking into cars, defecting and defacing BART property, using illegal drugs on BART. And this is what this officer decided was a police matter. This officer must be removed— Elvis (@ScumbagElvis) November 8, 2019
One of the activists, Kelly Groth, in spite of state law prohibiting eating, distributed food to everyone in protest against the “harassing policy,” calling it brunch on BART.
"People should be able to eat on the platform without getting harassed," said Groth.
Later, one of the members of the BART board of directors, Janice Li, joined the rally, explaining that the arrest of hungry people on the platform is not a police priority.
"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.
#BART police don't detain the crack smoker next to us (even after reporting) ???? the men in blue wanna go home safe, to their family, easier to detain sandwich eaters ???? @SFPDTenderloin@SFPD @bartalerts@BARTAlert #SFElections.— darius kayvon r (@darius_rmzni) November 10, 2019
. https://t.co/2la7H1toUg via @abc7newsbayarea