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BART officer training revealed

By queen
Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 at 3:37 pm in Misc. Transportation.


Commuters, readers, transit experts (we know you’re reading), policy wonks and public transportation riders, thanks for your suggestions when the Queen was trying to get a copy of the BART training manual. Legendary Medianews cops reporter Harry Harris has produced a story revealing that BART officers get hundreds of hours more training than the minimum required.

This is good news in terms of our safety on BART. It also adds to the puzzlement over why BART Officer Johannes Mehserle apparently drew his gun and fatally shot a prone, unarmed Oscar Grant III on New Year’s Day. Harris’ story includes interesting details including which police academy Mehserle attended.

A related story by Medianews reporters Denis Cuff and Janis Mara reveals that in its 36-year history, BART has had four officer-involved shootings, according to spokesman Linton Johnson.

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3 Responses to “BART officer training revealed”

  1. Mike Says:

    Thanks for the update.

    I’ve also been following the case of a man Tasered in the customs area at Vancouver airport. The man died, and I believe the Taser was fired 5 times for whatever reason. It seems like another tragedy, but the facts seem very confusing.

    It does seem like a few too many police officers shoot (or stun) first, and ask questions later.

  2. Mike Says:

    I should add that I have had heart rhythm issues, and I am very worried that I wouldn’t survive a Taser jolt.

  3. Queen Says:

    You and me both! No matter what the company says (and they have nine million doctors and seven million lawyers saying the Taser doesn’t kill people), I’m not at all sure I could withstand being Tasered.

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