A passenger riding on the BART train that caused a one-hour station closure Sunday said there was in fact a loud explosion and towering flames as the train pulled into the station, contradicting what police reported.
“It was crazy,” said David Bloemer, a 26-year-old visitor from Louisville, Ky. “There was a loud noise and a bang. First there was a static noise then lots of heat and flames — about 10 feet high.” Read More
A demonstration against BART police ended with two arrests, but did not disrupt service to commuters Monday evening, a turnaround from previous demonstrations.
As many as 70 protesters marched along Market Street from the Civic Center station to the Embarcadero station, entering free areas of each BART station along the way but never accessing the platforms, in order to prove it was the transit agency’s administration’s decision to disrupt service, protesters said. Read More
Staying on message can be a tough task for a protest movement with no central authority, especially one that may be losing public support.
A website claiming to speak for some members of the loosely organized hacker group Anonymous released a statement in advance of today’s scheduled protest of BART asking protesters to focus not on station closures but police brutality. Read More
BART passengers fume at the thought of further service disruptions as they contemplate the protest scheduled for Monday’s commute. But many also concede the transit agency has few other options.
Many riders share activists’ anger about officer-involved shootings and BART’s response to them, but many also are fed up with protesters’ tactics. Read More
The hacker collective Anonymous, which accessed BART’s website Sunday and published passwords and personal data belonging to more than 2,400 riders, is not of one mind about how best to challenge the powers that be.
In response to news stories describing that incident, some people claiming to be affiliated with the group have expressed concern about the action and how Anonymous is portrayed. Read More
Security camera footage of the BART police officer-involved shooting of transient Charles Hill will be released to the public today, the transit agency said in a statement. The video will be released today at 3 p.m. at BART headquarters in Oakland, the agency said. Read More
Several BART directors expressed frustration today at the slow pace of the investigation into a July 3 incident at San Francisco’s Civic Center station in which BART police shot and killed a knife-wielding man. Read More
Reforms implemented following the fatal shooting of Oscar Grant III by a BART police officer will be put to the test this week as several separate inquiries consider the agency’s latest police-involved fatality.
The agency’s Citizen Review Board will hold its first meeting today to discuss the July 3 fatal shooting of Charles Hill. Read More
A group of protesters seeking to paralyze BART achieved their goal Monday by holding open train doors, climbing atop a rail car and ultimately forcing police to shut down three stations during the height of the evening commute.
Click on the photo at right to see a slideshow of photos from the protest. Read More
Video surveillance of Sunday’s fatal shooting on the Civic Center station platform by a BART officer is expected to be released when all 40 witnesses are interviewed, the transit agency’s police said Wednesday.
The final decision, though is ultimately is up to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, BART Deputy Police Chief Daniel Hartwig said. Read More