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Man Gets Handcuffed ‘For Eating a Sandwich’ in California — Twitter Implodes

Man Gets Handcuffed ‘For Eating a Sandwich’ in California — Twitter Implodes

Footage of Bay Area transit cops handcuffing a commuter after stopping him for eating a sandwich has triggered outrage online. 

The detained man, Bill Gluckman, posted two videos of the incident to Facebook on Friday, and they have since been viewed millions of times. According to Bay Area Rapid Transit, the incident occurred last Monday morning at Pleasant Hill Station in Walnut Creek, California.

In the footage, a BART police officer stops Gluckman and informs him that he has broken the law by eating on the train platform. The officer tries to hold on to Gluckman’s backpack, but he protests while continuing to eat his breakfast sandwich.

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“You came up here and f—-ed” with me,” Gluckman says. “You single me out, out of all these people.”

The officer, whose badge says D. McCormick, responds by pointing at Gluckman’s food.

“You’re eating,” he says. “It’s against the law. It’s a violation of California law. I have the right to detain you.”

After several minutes of back-and-forth, four more BART officers arrive and handcuff Gluckman.

One of the other officers, whose badge says L. Vallejo, suggests the stop is not just about the sandwich.

‘There was a report of somebody matching your description,” he says.

BART said Friday that Gluckman was released after only being issued a citation. The agency said it was investigating the incident, as did BART police.

“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 said in a statement.

However, Janice Li, a member of BART’s board of directors, already condemned the officers to the San Francisco Examiner, suggesting it was a racial issue.

“To see yet another young black man impacted by law enforcement like this is extremely troubling to me,” Li told the paper, referring to Gluckman, who is black. “This is a question of what we are putting our BART police towards. We know how to make the system better and safer, and this ain’t it.”

Bill Gluckman triggers social media

Liberal social media users also slammed BART, with some noting the agency has faced accusations of racism before.

“How can anyone defend this,” asked activist and cable news pundit Marc Lamont Hill.

“We really need to address the overpolicing of people of color in this country,” said MSNBC host Joy Reid.

Meanwhile, some conservatives, including Federalist contributor Chad Felix Greene, joined the criticism of BART police from a libertarian perspective.

However, others pushed back on the left for assuming the incident was about race.

On Saturday, dozens of BART riders held an illegal “eat-in” at the Embarcardero station in San Francisco to show solidarity with Gluckman.

“My first political awakening was back at a lunch counter in the ’60s,” a protestor from Oakland told ABC 7. “Now, we’re back to ‘eat-ins.”

Cover image: Bill Gluckman, right, being detained at the Pleasant Hill BART station in Walnut Creek, California, on Nov. 4, 2019. (Facebook)

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