The family of the man fatally shot by BART officers last summer said it filed a federal civil lawsuit against the transit agency not for a settlement payout, but to ensure the criminal case against officers moves forward.
Charles Hill, a 45-year-old transient, was shot and killed July 3 at the Civic Center BART station, after police said he acted belligerently and threw a knife at responding officers. Read More
The family of Charles Hill, the 45-year-old transient who was shot and killed by BART police officers in July, will file a civil claim against the transit agency next week.
Hill was fatally shot after a confrontation at the Civic Center BART station July 3. Officers said Hill threw a glass bottle in their direction and was brandishing knives at the time he was shot. Video showed an object being thrown at the cops, but Hill cannot be seen in the footage. Read More
Only about 40 percent of BART police officers appear to live in any of the 23 cities served by the agency, which critics say is certainly a factor behind the recent conflicts between the force and its passengers.
Of the 102 BART Police Officer Association members whose home address and personal information were recently published by website hackers, just 41 reside in cities with BART service. And the complexion of their hometowns is often quite different from the urban Bay Area. Read More
The mother of Kenneth Harding, Jr. begged police Monday to release more information on her son’s July 16 fatal shooting while fleeing from officers in the Bayview, as her attorney said the official version of events keeps changing.
“I’m angry, and I’m hurt, and I want the truth, and I want justice to be done,” Denika Chatman, 38, said at a news conference in the offices of Oakland attorney John Burris. Read More
The family of Kenneth Harding, who died during an alleged firefight with cops in the Bayview on July 16, has tapped Oakland attorney John Burris to represent them, the lawyer said in a statement Monday. Read More
Tasers, the stun-gun weapons central to the controversial death of an unarmed BART passenger in 2009, could soon be issued to every single officer on the agency’s police force. On New Year’s Day, 22-year-old Oscar Grant was fatally shot by Johannes Mehserle III, a BART police officer. Mehserle, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter last year, claimed that he mistakenly thought he was firing his Taser during the incident. Read More
A pretrial hearing is scheduled for today in Los Angeles that could determine whether John Burris, the attorney who represents Oscar Grant III’s family, could be called to testify in the murder trial of former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle, who fatally shot Grant on New Year’s Day 2009. Jury selection is expected to begin Wednesday for the trial, which was moved from Alameda County to L.A. due to extensive publicity locally. Read More