PHILADELPHIA, PA — (04-12-20) — Philadelphia transit authority changes mask policy after viral video of a man being dragged off bus by Police goes viral with outrage.
Philadelphia’s transit authority has revoked a policy barring passengers from using its services without a face covering, after a video surfaced showing police forcibly removing a person from a public bus.
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) last week issued a memo urging customers to wear a face mask when using the bus line as part of an effort to protect passengers and employees from the COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
SEPTA said that the policy was based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) but a spokesperson from the CDC told JRL CHARTS that they never issued any such harsh action as portrayed in the video.
In wake of the incident, SEPTA issued a statement saying that the “policy will no longer be enforced,”.
“While SEPTA urges riders to cover their faces, those who refuse will not be barred entry to the system,” said SEPTA.
Watch the Viral Video below
The man, who has not been identified, was not arrested or cited following the incident. SEPTA and the Philadelphia Police Department are reportedly investigating the matter. The Philadelphia Police Department said in a statement that officers arrived at the scene after a report that a SEPTA passenger had repeatedly refused a bus driver’s request to leave.
“PPD Officers arrived on location, and after being made aware of the driver’s request, also ordered the male to leave the bus several times,” Philadelphia police said. “The male again refused, at which point he was physically removed by the officers.”
Needless to say SEPTA and the Philadelphia police department can look forward to being served with a lawsuit over this incident.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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