Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

The guy a Metro Transit officer questioned in that viral video is being deported

The video was posted to Facebook last week. It showed a Metro Transit officer asking a male passenger if he’s “here illegally.”

Last week, a video surfaced of a Metro Transit officer asking a male passenger if he’s “here illegally.” Now the Metro Transit police chief says the passenger is scheduled for deportation and the officer involved no longer works there.

The video sparked a lot of controversy because – as Police Chief John Harrington said last week – Metro Transit officers aren't supposed to ask about anyone's immigration status. It's not their job.

In an update Saturday, Harrington explained the passenger had been taken to the Hennepin County Adult Detention Center on May 14 – the day the video was recorded – for fare evasion. Authorities said they didn't reference his immigration status in police reports or contact Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the passenger was released.

Then on Friday, Metro Transit learned the passenger was taken into ICE custody on May 16 – two days after the incident and three days before the video was posted to Facebook.

Metro Transit's new policy

Metro Transit started investigating the incident as soon as the video surfaced. Since then, the officer involved has been removed from the job, and Metro Transit has updated its policy regarding immigration status.

It now explicitly says officers will “ensure equal enforcement of the law and equal service to all persons regardless of their immigration status.”

The police chief noted he's working on posting the Metro Transit Police Department's manual online so everyone can see it.

"We strongly value our relationship with all of the communities we serve and fully understand the importance of our riders’ need to feel confident that they can interact with our officers without fear," Harrington explained. "The image of a single officer’s questioning immigration status is not reflective of, nor does it represent, the practices and procedures of Metro Transit officers."

Next Up

Karl-Anthony Towns

Post Bucks win, KAT says “I play with f****** passion”

Towns was asked how he controls his emotions on the court.

D'Angelo Russell

Wolves rebound with statement win against Bucks

D'Angelo Russell and the Timberwolves bounced back with a win over the defending champs.

Screen Shot 2021-10-27 at 7.08.20 PM

Train carrying ethanol derails in southern Minnesota

The State Fire Marshal has sent in experts to help with the situation.

ambulance

Motorcyclist dies a month after striking deer in Minnesota

The crash happened north of Mankato near the small town of Norseland.

fire pixabay stock

House explosion kills 1, severely injures another

Authorities described the home as "completely destroyed."

Kotyza-Witthuhn screengrab

Watch: MN lawmaker 'attacked' by giggling child during live hearing

This has to be the most adorable moment ever from a Commerce Finance and Policy Committee hearing, right?

Sloane Martin

Sloane Martin leaving WCCO Radio for bigger role with Big Ten Network

Martin has been a staple at WCCO Radio since Election Day 2016.

Flickr - Xcel Energy truck - Tony Webster

Xcel Energy wants to raise MN customers' electricity rates

If approved, rates go up by an average of $18.50 a month for customers.

Screen Shot 2021-10-27 at 1.11.05 PM

MPD chief 'confident' officers will still show up after Question 2 vote

Arradondo held a press conference Wednesday in which he urged for a 'No' vote.

J R Jones - Anoka County Jail 2021.10.16 - Resize crop

Charges: Driver in fatal hit-and-run said he thought he hit dog or sign

The crash killed a 56-year-old Blaine woman who had been out walking her dog.

vaccine, covid

Here is Minnesota's plan to vaccinate kids 5-11 against COVID-19

The plan includes hosting vaccination clinics at schools across the state.

Mounds View PD missing 12yo Riddley

12-year-old Twin Cities boy has been missing for 4 days

Police are asking for the public's help locating the child,

Related

Metro Transit responds to video of officer asking a passenger if he's 'here illegally'

Metro Transit says that's not part of its officers' job, and it's investigating.

Here's how Metro Transit intends to improve safety on buses, light rail

It comes after a series of high profile incidents on Metro Transit services.

Metro Transit responds to viral video of bus incident

The video has been shared widely on social media.

metro transit light rail riders

Metro Transit is adding more police, community service officers

The move comes as people return to commuting on public transit.

Blue Line light rail Metro Transit

Metro Transit workers threaten strike

Unionized Metro Transit workers rejected a contract offer from the Metropolitan Council by a 94% vote.

Video appears to show Richfield police officer hitting teenager

A video released on Twitter appears to show a Richfield police officer hitting a teenager several times alongside the head.

Metro Transit wins safety award because fewer people are being hit by trains

Here's what Metro Transit did to reduce the number of pedestrian-train collisions.