After a ‘disturbing incident’ on the T, questions about ‘riding while black’

The Fifth Column

In a Facebook post that had garnered more than 49,000 shares at the time of this story’s publication, Davenport described an event when her train was stalled at South Station. A conductor, who had asked a group of black teenagers to quiet down, called on MBTA police after the teens “mouthed off,” according to Davenport.

When the MBTA police arrived, they asked the teens to de-board. The teens obliged. The officers then ordered a 16-year-old boy to leave, as well.

The 16-year-old wasn’t part of the group—he told the police this, Davenport wrote, but they still ordered him off.

As I begin to put my headphones back on the police…

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