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Bloomington Transit apologizes to Black Lives Matter leader after bus pass mixup

Posted at 8:18 AM, Jun 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-06 08:18:20-04

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- An employee with Bloomington Transit called the police on a man and accused him of stealing a bus pass shortly after he bought a ticket.

Vauhxx Booker, a leader of Black Lives Matter in Bloomington, said an employee of Bloomington Transit sold him the pass, then could not find proof of the transaction and called the police. Vauhxx filmed the interaction

Bloomington Police showed up, but made no arrests. He said he gave the employee an attempt to resolve the situation. 

"She didn't give me that same respect," he said. "So it was hurtful, it was embarrassing. To threaten to call the police in a situation that was not an emergency."

Bloomington Transit issued an apology on its Facebook page, saying, in part: 

The behavior of the attendant was unacceptable. The incident is being reviewed, the attendant has been placed on leave, and plans are being made to put appropriate training and procedures in place to ensure this does not happen to another customer. 

Bloomington city officials met with Booker to discuss way to prevent these types of situations from happening again. 

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