Muni moves to fire operator caught making racist remarks on camera

Muni moves to fire operator caught making racist remarks on camera

The City will attempt to fire a Muni operator who was recorded on video apparently making racist remarks in a video that went viral Monday, the San Francisco Examiner has learned.

The video netted more than 600 shares on Facebook as of 5 p.m. as of Monday.

In an internal San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency memo sent Monday and obtained by the San Francisco Examiner, Director of Transit John Haley wrote, “The actions and language memorialized in the video are unprofessional and disturbing. This employee does not represent our shared values or who we are as part of the community.”

He added, “There is simply no acceptable excuse or mitigating circumstances to justify his actions and we have moved to terminate his employment at the agency.”

The alleged racist comments came after a woman took an open parking space near the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Kirkland Division, a Muni bus depot, she said in a Facebook post.

Mayra Villarreal had just parked when the Muni employee pulled up in his car.

“I was waiting. You’re just a n—-r that’s OK, that’s fine,” he can be heard saying in the video.

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Click the image above (or here) to read the memo sent by Director of Transit John Haley to staff after an operator was caught on video making racist remarks, obtained by the San Francisco Examiner.

“I’m a what?” Villarreal asks. “You’re a n—-r,” he said, to which she replies, “I’m not even black.” He adds, “You stole my space. You’re a gang banger.”

Villarreal wrote in her Facebook post, “Racist, ignorant, MUNI bus driver gets mad at me for taking an open parking spot!…People like this make me sick!”

Paul Rose, a spokesperson for the SFMTA, which runs Muni, said the agency learned of the incident through Twitter Monday morning.

“Since that time we’ve been working to investigate and identify the operator, which we have,” he said. “While the investigation continues, we have taken immediate corrective action in this matter.”

Rose declined to release the operator’s name or say whether he’d be disciplined, saying it was not “appropriate to discuss details.” He would also not say whether the Muni employee was on duty. “That will be part of the investigation,” Rose said.

Rose said SFMTA communications staff reached out to Villarreal via Twitter to apologize, and to aid the investigation.

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