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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, a government agency, announced Tuesday that it will no longer help transport riot officers with the San Francisco Police Department, another government agency, because of racism.

“This news comes after the transit agency was criticized on social media for videos uploaded by users showing officers in riot gear departing packed buses in downtown San Francisco earlier this month,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday.

Videos like this:

The footage emerged as San Francisco and other major Democrat-controlled metropolises across the country were facing widespread rioting, looting and, in some cases, murder, amid the death of convicted armed robber George Floyd.

“Groups of vandals broke away from large protests seeking justice for slain African-American man George Floyd this weekend by targeting destruction and theft on high-end shops in San Francisco’s Union Square as well as in other businesses districts throughout the Bay Area,” the San Francisco Business Times reported on June 1.

“In Union Square, Saks 5th Ave., Victoria Secret and Cartier were among businesses that suffered major losses and damage to their flagship stores at the hands of baseball bats and crowbars. Other downtown businesses that reportedly sustained damage include CVS, Walgreens, the AT&T store, Urban Outfitters, Swatch, Dolce & Gabbana, Coach, Salvatore Ferragamo, Swarovski, Crate & Barrel and Louis Vuitton.”

See footage from the riots below:

“We transport everyone at MTA and make sure our services are available for critical needs,” SFMTA reportedly initially said in response to the complaints.

“From the COVID+ patients we transported to health care and rooms to SFPD officers, Muni is for everyone. To be clear, no Muni vehicles or employees will be used to transport any detainee.”

But after backlash from Maoist-like mobs who apparently believe rioting ought to be tolerated, the agency bent the knee. And so on Tuesday, the SFMTA not only paused its services for nearly nine minutes in honor of Floyd  — never mind the people who needed to get to work — it also cut off the police.

Look:

Besides turning its back on city officers, the agency will also be prioritizing “agency-wide implicit bias training.”

In a statement to the Chronicle, local official Erica Kato said the move was designed “to support our staff and black and brown community.”

In his own statement, SFMTA director of transportation Jeffrey Tumlin thanked members of the mob for inspiring the agency to look into “undoing the deep structural racism at root of all transportation depts.”

It’s unclear what makes transportation departments racist, especially given that they’re responsible for providing transportation to countless non-white Americans.

“Among urban residents, 34% of blacks and 27% of Hispanics report taking public transit daily or weekly, compared with only 14% of whites,” the Pew Research Center revealed in 2016. “One possible reason that blacks, Hispanics and immigrants might be bigger users of public transit is because they are more likely than Americans overall to live in large metropolitan areas, where there tend to be more public transit options.”

“They are also less likely to have access to an automobile than other groups and are more likely to use public transit for commuting to work. Blacks and Hispanics also tend to live farther away from their jobs, which could make walking or biking to work less common.”

If anything, it seems like public transportation has been a boon for minority communities. But hey, what do facts have to do with racial narratives, right?

Vivek Saxena

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