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Ammiano to hold hearing on BART Police

Assembly Public Safety Committee Chairman Tom Ammiano announced today that he’ll hold an informational hearing on how the BART Police department is progressing with implementing new civilian oversight and management audit recommendations made last year.

“With three deaths in three years, we need to ensure that BART police are properly trained and following procedures,” Ammiano, D-San Francisco, said in his news release. “I urge the SFPD and BART to be transparent and share the results of their investigation into the death of Charles Hill with the public as soon as possible.”

Hill was shot and killed July 3 in San Francisco’s Civic Center station; it since has been reported that he was armed with a bottle and two knives.

Ammiano said the hearing date will be announced shortly, likely in mid-August at the State Capitol.

Ammiano in 2009 reacted to the fatal shooting of Oscar Grant by BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle by introducing AB 312, which would’ve created an Office of Citizen Complaints for the agency. Instead, the Legislature passed and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed AB 1586 – by Assemblyman Sandre Swanson, D-Alameda – into law last year, creating a Civilian Review Board and Independent Police Auditor for the BART Police.

Posted on Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
Under: Assembly, BART shooting, Public safety, Sandre Swanson, Tom Ammiano | 3 Comments »

BART wants your cell phones to work better. Really.

Does anyone else see the irony in BART soliciting input from riders about how better to interface with their mobile and wireless technology? Like, maybe, cell phones? With cameras?

From: BART Updates
Date: Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 3:51 PM
Subject: Survey: BART mobile/wireless applications
To: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Dear BART rider:

We’re looking for ways to improve BART mobile and wireless applications and we’d like to hear from you! Please take a moment to complete this survey to help us better understand your mobile trip planning needs.

Note: You’re receiving this email because, when downloading the mobile BART QuickPlanner from www.bart.gov, you provided this email address and gave us permission to contact you. To unsubscribe or modify your subscription, please use the links below.

Thanks.

Posted on Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
Under: BART shooting | No Comments »

‘Bay Area Anarchists’ weigh in on Oakland riot

I don’t usually publish anonymous missives, but despite having had no answer to my plea for the author to identify himself or herself, I’m going to go ahead and post this e-mail I received this morning entitled “An Anarchist Perspective on the ‘Violence’ of the Oscar Grant Riots.” I think the community is sufficiently concerned with Oscar Grant’s killing and its aftermath that it’s worth it to post this and start a dialogue, even if the source is unclear.

So here it is, in its entirety:

The news of the riots that followed the shooting of 22-year-old Oscar Grant has sensationally occupied the headlines of Bay Area newspapers and television programs over the last week. These reports have focused almost exclusively on the vandalism of local businesses and cars and have remained chillingly silent on the topic of the police violence that occurred that evening. The troubling assumption made throughout all of the reportage is that the destruction of storefront facades and car windows somehow equates to the horrific execution of Oscar, and that it justified the police violence against demonstrators that night.

As anarchists who were involved in the demonstrations, we fully reject the notion that the vandalizing of private property could ever be weighed against the violence committed against not only Oscar Grant, but against youth of color every day by police and the prison system. This way of thinking, that gives property more value than people, is what allows the violence of the police to become dangerously normalized and unquestioned.

At the time of this writing, the police officer that executed Oscar Grant in cold blood still walks the streets without criminal charges, while some of those arrested during the demonstration are locked away in prison awaiting trial and will likely face harsh sentences. The violent system that so quickly punishes those who demonstrated while simultaneously protecting the murderer of Oscar Grant should be the target of our collective criticism and condemnation, not the angry youth who reacted to the shooting in the streets that night. While Bay Area journalists have presented themselves as being objective reporters of the aforementioned events, their reports and broadcasts repeatedly reveal their bias in favor of the police when recounting the evening of the demonstrations. The endless images of smashed windows and burned cars, and the litany of condemnations of “lawlessness” and “destruction” serve to obscure the most violent events of the night, and indeed the only violence perpetrated against human beings: the brutal police beatings of protesters. One witness described a police officer beating a protester on the head so severely his bike helmet was split in two. Another described how police made over 70 protesters lie down on their stomachs in positions that eerily echoed Oscar Grant’s pose as he was shot. A visibly pregnant woman was screaming in pain after being attacked by police. It is clear to us that the police were protecting private property and not human beings that night. We are disgusted by this, and we condemn Bay Area journalists for being complicit with police violence by attempting to justify their actions.

A very distorted and troubling view of what constitutes violence in our society is perpetuated by the current coverage. A car does not scream in agony when it burns, and similarly a storefront facade does not sob when its plate glass window shatters to the sidewalk below. It is true that the cost of replacing cars and windows may be a burden for the working-class people who were affected, and that is certainly regrettable. However, there is simply no comparison between those costs and the brutal consequences of police violence. The youth who were brutalized by police the night of the demonstration will have to live with their injuries and traumas for years to come, and Oscar Grant cannot be replaced. We call on the public to recognize the real violence in our society – the violence of the police, the prisons and the politicians. As long as police and corrupt politicians protect the cop that killed Oscar, as long as youth of color are continuously attacked and criminalized by the police and court system, as long as property is valued over people – we will not grieve over the property vandalized on Wednesday night.

Signed,
-Bay Area Anarchists

UPDATE @ 3:36 P.M. TUESDAY: This just in from the above e-mail’s still-anonymous author: “Thanks for your response and interest in our statement. We are choosing to remain anonymous for the time being due to possible legal complications. However, feel free to post the statement on your blog; if you must use a name you can attribute the statement to ‘Barry Cade.’ We will continue to check this email for future correspondence and media requests.”

Posted on Tuesday, January 13th, 2009
Under: BART shooting, Oakland | 21 Comments »

Barbara Lee supports OPD probe of BART shooting

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, issued this statement tonight, hours after Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums declared that the Oakland Police Department will join the Alameda County District Attorney‘s office in investigating the shooting death of Oscar Grant III, 22, of Hayward, who died after being shot by a BART police officer while at the Fruitvale BART station in the wee hours of New Year’s Day:

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Oscar Grant as they grieve the loss of their loved one. They deserve our support and assistance during this difficult period.

“I am pleased to learn that the Oakland Police Department is being brought in to conduct an independent, third-party investigation of this horrific incident. Hopefully, the Oakland Police Department will conduct a swift and thorough investigation into Oscar’s tragic death. I have communicated with Mayor Ron Dellums and the family’s attorney John Burris to offer my assistance.

“Our community is rightfully outraged by this deplorable act. We have a duty and a right to peacefully protest in an effort to seek justice. However in Oscar’s memory, let us not create more violence. Rather, we should continue to exercise our right to assemble peacefully as we seek answers to this deplorable act. We should also continue to insist that the investigation into the shooting be thorough and expeditious.”

Posted on Thursday, January 8th, 2009
Under: Barbara Lee, BART shooting, General, Oakland, Ron Dellums, U.S. House | No Comments »