BART train platform (Photo credit: Shutterstock / Sundry Photography)
Steve Foster, the California man who was famously detained and handcuffed for eating a sandwich on a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station platform, is filing a civil rights claim against the transit agency, alleging racial profiling and selective law enforcement.
Foster acquired the services of a well-known Bay Area civil rights attorney, John Burris, who insists the Pleasant HIll BART station is not properly flagged with visible signs that discourage its riders from eating.
â€œThis is a case in which the officers should have exercised common sense and de-escalation,â€� Burris said, according to the East Bay Times. â€œUnfortunately, Mr. Foster had to be embarrassed, humiliated, and handcuffed for doing something that everyone does on the platform every day.â€�
Video of Foster eating his sandwich and being detained by Officer D. McCormick, went viral last Friday, Nov. 8 and has gained over 4 million views since the incident was captured and shared via social media. The officer is seen holding Fosterâ€™s bag and repeatedly telling him that he will be arrested if he does not cooperate. A visibly frustrated Foster responds to the officer with a slew of vulgarities and a homophoic slur. Moments later, the man can be seen being ushered to the lower level of the platform, where he is subsequently taken into a private room and cited upon providing proper identification.
Click thru to see how BARTâ€™s top official handled the matter.