A man riding the Caltrain in the Bay Area on Tuesday was caught on video yelling racist remarks at a conductor who appeared to be Asian American after he was told to get off the train for refusing to show his ticket.
Another commuter who recorded the incident and posted the video on social media told NBC Bay Area that the angry man was asked to disembark, and that’s when the profanity-laced tirade began.
“You barely speak English; how dare you!” the angry passenger shouted at the conductor. “I am American. Not you!”
The train was traveling from Millbrae to Hillsdale station when the rant happened, and the passenger behind the camera said he became uncomfortable and unsafe because he thought the man would turn violent.
The witness, whose name has been withheld, said the incident started when the conductor asked the man for his ticket. The conductor asked the passenger to get off at the Millbrae station after he refused to hand over his ticket.
“There will be reckoning!” the man continued. “There will be a day of reckoning when the white man comes with guns. You’ve deserved it!”
“I am American. Not you!” Another racist rant caught on camera in the Bay Area. Next at 6PM, details on the @GoCaltrain rider who berated an Asian-American conductor in front of a packed train full of commuters. We’ll be live on @nbcbayarea pic.twitter.com/Nmbfb3j8iL
— Melissa Colorado (@melissacolorado) August 23, 2018
The commuter who filmed the tirade said the man in the video left the train at Hillsdale station before transit police arrived.
Caltrain issued a statement on Wednesday:
“Yesterday, a passenger onboard the 380 refused to show conductors his ticket. When asked to leave the train, he became increasingly agitated and began screaming profanities and racist statements at other riders and our crew. He was removed from the train at the Hillsdale station and fled the scene before Transit Police could arrive.
“Caltrain’s policy is clear that anyone who harasses, threatens or coerces another person on board will be removed. Caltrain serves riders of all races and places of origin, and we strive to provide an environment that’s safe for everyone, so anyone acting in this manner will be similarly dealt with.”