Police officer filmed telling black train passenger to return to Congo
Thursday, 17 October 2019
A federal police officer told a passenger onboard an SCNB train to "go back to Kinshasa" during a check of the man's train ticket. Credit: Dialkom news/ Youtube screenshot
A federal police officer was filmed addressing racist remarks to a train passenger whose ticket he said was not valid, including telling him to “go back to Kinshasa” if he didn’t like “the Belgian system.”
Footage of the incident shared online shows an officer asking a black man, identified as 23-year-old Joshua, for his identity card after a train conductor established that the man’s train ticket is invalid.
“I was coming back from London on the evening of 15 October,” Joshua, whose final destination was Liège, told 7sur7. “My ticket was valid for 15 October but it was written on it that I could change it at any time. I got on a train (…) which got to Liège at 18 minutes past midnight,” he added.
After initially resisting the officer’s request, Joshua can be heard telling the officer he will hand him over his identity card. Shortly after, the officer replies: “If you don’t like it, go back to Kinshasa or I don’t know [where]” referring to the Congolese capital.