May 19, 2017 09:01 PM
Metro Transit is investigating claims of a part-time transit officer who asked a rider about his immigration status, according to a statement from Metro Transit Police Chief John Harrington.
Harrington said in a statement the part-time officer asked the individual "whether he was in the state illegally." Harrington said he called for an internal affairs investigation immediately.
Harrington said it is not the practice of transit police to ask about a rider's immigration status.
"Metro Transit and our parent organization, the Metropolitan Council, believe strongly in the need for our riders to feel safe in our relationship with our officers," he said in the statement. "The main priority for our officers is to ensure that our riders and the communities we serve are safe."
Further details about the incident are not available at this time, according to the statement.
Updated: May 19, 2017 09:01 PM
Created: May 19, 2017 08:57 PM
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