VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – There’s been another confrontation aboard transit in Metro Vancouver, involving racial and derogatory slurs.
Video posted to social media over the weekend captures the interaction on board the 123 bus from New Westminster Station to Brentwood Station. Police confirmed it happened around 7:15 a.m. Friday.
The caption reads “racist” and “just happened to me this morning.”
A man is seen yelling into the camera, swiping at it and telling the person behind the footage to “give me the f***ing camera” repeatedly, before hurling insults.
He appears to be riled up further by the fact he is being filmed, as can be deciphered from the responses he gives to others on board, but it’s unclear what sparked the heated confrontation.
Some people can be heard trying to interject from afar, with one person saying, “You can’t talk to people like that.”
The man replies with, “You can’t take pictures of me either” as he walks away.
The person behind the camera briefly turns it toward himself before he says, “This is the first time. This is a racist thing.”
Racial rant ‘disgusting and totally unwelcome on transit’: police
In an email to NEWS 1130, police say they are in the early stages of their investigation.
Metro Vancouver Transit Police confirms the video surfaced on social media this past weekend, and that investigators “have been in contact with the victim.”
“We have not connected this incident to any calls received by the Metro Vancouver Transit Police,” the email continues.
“The racial rant and words that were used by the man in the video are disgusting and totally unwelcome on Transit. Passengers using our transit system have the right to travel without fear of harassment.”
Police are asking anyone who is the victim of or who witnesses a racially motivated incident on transit to let police know by texting 87.77.77 or calling 604.515.8300.