BART will crack down on future protestors in order to ensure service 

In an effort to avoid the events that caused significant delays during Monday’s commute, BART will take a zero tolerance approach with protestors who try and disrupt service.

Following the July 3 shooting death of Charles Hill by BART police officers, about 75 protestors stormed the paid area of the Civic Center Station, causing significant delays and the temporary shutdown of that stop. The protestors, organized by a group called No Justice, No BART, also amassed at the Powell Street Station.

Protestors at the standoff vowed to perform similar acts of disruption in the future to spread their message.

“We want the BART administration to disband the police,” 25-year-old Hannibal Shakur said on Monday. “And we wanted to demonstrate our power to cripple the system.”

BART will take extra steps to assure that Monday’s events will be the last time protestors disrupt service, according to agency spokesman Linton Johnson. Without revealing specifics about the agency’s tactics, he said that BART would take a zero tolerance mindset to future protests. He said he would decline to get into details because protestors might change their plans accordingly.

“Our goal is to keep the customers, employees and guests safe and the trains on-time,” said Johnson. “We will do what we need to do to ensure the safety of our passengers, employees and other guests.”

Hill, a 45-year-old transient, attacked two BART officers with a pair of knives and a glass bottle, according to the agency’s police chief, Kenton Rainey. Four separate entities are investigating the incident to see if the officers acted appropriately in fatally shooting Hill.

 wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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