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.
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Metro Transit is investigating after a video of one of its officers started making rounds on social media.

The video posted to Facebook Friday apparently shows a Metro Transit officer asking a male passenger if he's "here illegally."

Twin Cities artist Ricardo Levins Morales, who published the video, claimed the incident happened last Sunday on a northbound Blue Line train.

After the officer approached the passenger in the video, the person recording – apparently Morales – asked the officer if he was legally authorized to act as immigration police. To which the officer responded, "No, not necessarily."

You can watch the video below:

This incident occurred on the Minneapolis Blue Line light rail train, northbound on Sunday, May 14, 2017. Question of the Day: why are Metro Transit Police asking people's immigration status???

Posted by Ricardo Levins Morales on Friday, May 19, 2017

Metro Transit Police Chief John Harrington has since released a statement regarding the incident.

Harrington did not identify the officer in the video, but noted he's one of Metro Transit's part-time workers.

"It is not the practice of the Metro Transit police to inquire about the immigration status of our riders," Harrington explained.

The chief went on to say that it's Metro Transit officers' job to protect and serve the entire community – regardless of immigration status.

According to the statement, the chief called for an internal affairs investigation.

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