Thursday, January 8th, 2009 at 2:48 pm in Misc. Transportation.
As not only the Bay Area but the entire country knows by now, a BART passenger was killed in an officer-involved shooting New Year’s Day, and the incident was recorded by other passengers and put up on YouTube. The fallout has been relentless. Last night, there were riots in Oakland, and today, people are sounding off on BARTRage, a local blog created years ago for precisely that purpose.
Capricious Commuter co-author Denis Cuff is currently at the BART Board of Directors meeting in downtown Oakland, where BART’s headquarters are located. Dozens of speakers addressed the BART board, and the atmosphere was heavy.
At the meeting, Amos Brown, on the national board for NAACP, senior minister at the Third Baptist church in San Francisco, asked the board for reverence and respect for human life and saidm, ”BART in tandem should join with this audience in saying that was murder; don’t explain it away as a mistake,” he said.
What should BART do – what can it do – to calm the situation down? What would you do if you were on the board?
(BART officer shooting video courtesy of YouTube.)