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Tell BART what you think of proposed police oversight plan

By queen
Monday, August 3rd, 2009 at 10:24 am in Misc. Transportation.

Okley dokley, transit geeks, BART passengers, community activists and all Bay Area residents – here’s your chance to weigh in on the new citizen oversight plan for BART police. As we all know, the community called for independent scrutiny of BART police when unarmed passenger Oscar Grant III was shot to death on the platform by a then-BART police officer Jan. 1.

There’s a copy of the draft BART Citizen Oversight Model at, under the Board of Directors July 30 special board meeting agenda.

If you e-mail your thoughts to, it looks pretty dang likely that the board of directors will read your note and might indeed incorporate your suggestions. Why? Because the boardalready has incorporated suggestions from the community in its latest and close-to-final draft. The document was unveiled in a meeting Thursday seeking community input.

The initial proposal called for an independent auditor to oversee BART police but made no provision for civilian oversight. That didn’t sit well with the community, however, as BART quickly learned in subsequent public meetings. “Clearly, that was an oversight on our part, which we corrected,” BART director Joel Keller said Friday.

The proposal submitted Thursday calls for both an independent auditor and an 11-member board appointed by BART’s board of directors. The auditor would investigate complaints and recommend discipline against officers, and the commission would monitor the auditor.

California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano blasted the plan in a Chron op-ed piece, as did Tim Redmond of the San Francisco Bay Guardian. What do you think?

(Awesome photo of Berkeley BART station by hortulus on flickr.)






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