A man claiming to be a lawyer who graduated from NYU School of Law was forcibly ejected from his New York subway ride by his fellow passengers after he went on a racist tirade.
The incident occurred on a Brooklyn-bound L train Saturday afternoon around 2 p.m., and a witness said the incident began after the man had a “spat about personal space” with a group of young black men, reported Gothamist.
The video, which reportedly starts a few seconds after the man shouted “stupid nigger” at the group of young men, shows him holding a can of Bud Light Lime-A-Rita and repeatedly yelling the n-word.
He tells his fellow passengers, “I can talk shit because I know I can because I’m a lawyer. I went to NYU Law! Fuck you!”
As he is confronted by other passengers about continuously using the racial slur, he yells, “First Amendment! First Amendment!” then continues yelling the n-word repeatedly.
As the subway ride continues, he seems to become more and more agitated as e is confronted by upset passengers. When the train reaches the Bedford Avenue stop, he is pushed through the doors and appears to fall backward onto the platform. One passenger throws a can of what appears to be soup on him.
He makes multiple attempts to re-enter the train car, but passengers standing near the doors block his way and repeatedly push him back off.
Joshua Pyne, who witnessed the incident, told Gothamist, “Understandably, this woman of color and a couple other folks as you can see in the video, call the guy out. This guy starts caterwauling about his First Amendment rights and whatnot. The guy didn’t seem to be falling-down drunk, but was … clearly belligerent.”
Pyne said the woman who can be heard confronting the man broke down after the man exited the train. She was comforted by another passenger who had interceded.
While there were reports that a police officer was at the Bedford Avenue stop when the train pulled away, the New York Police Department said there was no record of anyone who matched the man’s description being arrested at that station.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)