Posts Tagged ‘bart police’

BARTtv is Back on the Air: Explaining Why BART Detained Journalists Yesterday – No Linton Johnson, No Comments Allowed

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Well here’s BART’s version of the story of last night’s events at Powell Station.

IMO, the MSM on hand weren’t too satisfied with what they were hearing, but listen for yourself:

The nugget’s at 4:30 or so where some woman starts off with, “Actually…”

Normally, you can comment on YouTube videos, but not this particular one, for some reason.

All right, OpBART V – A New Beginning, is the next protest against BART’s shooting and 1st Amendment policies. It’s coming at 5:00 PM on Monday, September 12th, 2011

Geez, How Many Bay Area TV Reporters Have Recently Sold Out to Work for BART’s Orwellian BARTtv News? Four, At Least

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Yes BART, The Sun Always Shines on TV*, certainly.

But why are you the most TV-obsessed transit agency in the world?

Why have you hired a litany of Kent Brockmans and Cookie Kwans* to make real-looking fake TV bits?

Is there some kind of military-industrial complex where every television “transportation reporter” in the Bay Area ends up doing gigs for BART to fool viewers into thinking that they’re watching the news?

Is this why the televised MSM lets BART get away with all the stuff BART gets away with?

I doubt any of these sell-outs still works at the stations what made them famous (I assume, as my govmint digital converter box died last year so all I can get on my 20-year old Sony is snow), but they were on the air in the Bay Area fairly recently. Here’s the partial tally – this is what I’ve noticed in the BARTtv collection from just the past six months.

The “BART-TV News” news team:

Lisa Bernard San Francisco Bay Area | Broadcast Media - Reporter at KNTV

Mark Jones of Bubb Rubb and L’il Sis fame - KRON4. This report is particularly egregious. Perhaps the BART Police’s informant was fed bad information on purpose in this instance? Remember, that was the allegation at the time. You know, from the Uhuru group. And then, per BART, after all those “groups” did all that planning, the “sneak attack” “fizzled.” Or maybe there was no sneak attack, BART? I don’t buy BART’s narrative, personally, but you are free to swallow whatever the fuck BART spoon feeds you, certainly, hook, line and sinker:

Jeffrey Schaub, KGO Radio, CBS5

And of course, Linton Johnson, who used to be a weekend anchor at KNTV San Jose. Start at about 9:45 to hear him defend his egregious misstatement of law from last month (about BART’s duty to balance the public’s constitutional Right to Safety against the 1st Amendment.) Then he goes, “I am a journalist.” (And I thought he was just a PR hack who costs BART $170+K per year.)

BART, you’re a god-damn embarrassment, that’s what I’m saying.

*Love that opening. Also, still loving Blue Skies after all these years, so imprinted am I.

**Member, AAJA

The First Draft of BART’s Cell Phone Shut Off Policy Looks Like Bullcrap to Me, But You Make The Call

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

[UPDATE: IndyBay has a lengthy report from Friday’s meeting of the toothless Citizen Review Panel. And here’s some more.]

Here it is, AFAIK:

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If this version of BART’s Proposed Call Service Interruption Policy were put into action as-is, it would mean that BART could do whatever it wanted to, whenever it wanted to. 

So, what’s the point in having a policy that says this?

And hey, whatever happened to BARTtv? Seems as if it’s “off the air” these days. How many former Bay Area newsmens has BART hired lately, cause I see three of them on Orwellian “BARTtv news” from this year alone.

Should BART be broadcasting video clips designed to confuse the viewer over what’s news and what’s BART propganda?

Should BART have a former TV newsman making policy?

Should BART have been wasting its time FaceBooking with Commuters Take Back BART?

Should BART have solicited employees to come up with ideas both “constitutional and unconstitutional” to combat BART shooting protesters?

Oh well.

All the Deets of Thursday’s “Spare the Fare” BART Shooting Protest at Powell Station – Flyer with Nice Bullet Icon

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Photographer Steve Rhodes is Everywhere You Want To Be.

See?

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(Keep in mind that any protest on BART property is “illegal” without a permit.)

I seriously doubt the No Justice No BART will be able to get you home without BART “profiting” from the transaction on September 8th, 2011, but anything’s possible, I s’pose…

BART Police Shooting Protest Today at 4:30 PM, OpBART IV-A New Hope at 5:00 PM – Plus a “Mass Action” on September 8th

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Well, there’s no news yet from poorly-run BART, but read below for the latest from No Justice No BART, which is taking pains to point out that it’s not Anonymous.

So, look for something or other going on today and Thursday at the “downtown” stations in the 415 during the evening drive.

(BART, do you want me to lay out for you how your 1st Amendment policies are FUBARed beyond all recognition? How they’re arbitrary and overbroad and whatnot and how the 1st Amendment, IRL, need not be balanced against the so-called “constitutional Right to Safety?” Cause, you know, I could do it for you, no prob.)

Anyway, people still be coming back from The Playa and of course today is Labor Day, but, no matter, OpBART-4, A New Hope is ON. And learn about what No Justice No BART is up to today, below.

PRESS ADVISORY

Contacts:
Callie Maidhof 
Cat Brooks

Who: No Justice No BART and allied community groups
What: Press Conference and announcement of our next BART demonstration
Time: 4:30 PM, Monday September 5th
Place: Civic Center Station, inside the station but outside the fare gates

Monday September 5th, No Justice No BART will be hosting a
press conference at 4:30 PM inside Civic Center BART station. Along
with several other community groups, we are planning a mass action on
Thursday, September 8th, at the Powell BART station, to demand Justice
for Charles Hill, who was needlessly gunned down by BART police. We
will demand that the violent, corrupt, and dangerous BART police force
be disbanded.

The press conference will include the release of more detailed
information about the upcoming action. This action will likely differ
from previous No Justice No BART actions in the following ways:

* Our intention is to protest outside the Powell station fare gates,
but we will not block emergency exits to and from the station.
* IF our demonstration is successful, passengers will RIDE BART FOR
FREE from Powell. We are calling this a SPARE THE FARE day.
* IF BART Police and Administrators attack or interfere with our
protest, we move into BART and onto the platforms, which may cause
disruption for passengers.
* We are making our strategy public so that people know what to expect
and so that BART administrators know that THEY will be held
accountable for all disruptions caused by the actions of their police.

Background:

No Justice No BART is a campaign of protests targeting the BART
transit agency. We formed 3 years ago in the wake of the BART police
murder of Oscar Grant and have been fighting since… for justice for
Oscar Grant, Fred Collins, Charles Hill, and all victims of BART
police violence and murder. Our core demand is that BART disband its
murderous, inept, corrupt police department.

On July 11th, No Justice No BART called a protest on the Civic Center
station platform to respond to the BART police killing of Charles
Hill. BART to shut down all 4 downtown stations and the disruption to
the evening commute impacted thousands of commuters. This
demonstration prompted BART to release the video of the shooting weeks
ahead of schedule.

On August 11th, fearing another protest by No Justice No BART, BART
shut down its cellular service to prevent protesters from
communicating with one another. This draconian and illegal decision
prompted a strong and negative reaction from people around the world,
from organizations such as the ACLU and EFF, and civil disobedience on
the streets and the internet organized by the shadowy “Anonymous”.
For the past 3 weeks, community groups have refrained from taking
organizing roles in demonstrations against BART, and instead our
members have watched or participated as individuals in the weekly
(Monday) actions called by Anonymous. On Thursday we will step off
the sidelines.

[No Justice No BART is not affiliated with Anonymous, and none of our
actions have been been coordinated by Anonymous.]”

Which Group Has Unlawfully Killed More People Recently – The BART Police or This List of Arrested BART Protesters?

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Is that a fair question?

I assume that these people, listed below, arrested at this week’s Monday evening protest at or around the Big Four downtown San Francisco BART stations, have rap sheets that the SFPD and the BART Police know all about at this late date.

How many terrorists are on this list? How many murderers?

So BART, by now you should be well aware that you implemented your TASER policy in a poor fashion. Yes, you met the minimum hours of recommended training, just barely, but you screwed up other aspects of that program, right? (BTW, care to apologize for that sometime BART? It’s not too late.)

Anyway, you need to be extra careful about the things that you say these days, BART, right?

Because you’ve painted yourself into a corner at this point, and the only way out is for you to paint these hippies and art students and militant socialists as Madrid-style subway terrorists, you know, those people who literally used cell phones to kill, right?

So, are these arrestees Madrid-style subway terrorists?

I don’t know.

But you do.

Now, do I think that arrestees have a general right to resist arrest? No. And can I articulate facts about that evening in the defense of the BART Police? Yes. Nevertheless, this is Exhibit A in the case against BART and its half-assed TASER implementation:

So that’s at least one unlawful killing from Team BART. Compare that with the below.

The San Francisco Examiner’s list of recent arrestees:

Ryan Ragle, 27, Oakland

Nicholas Nydam, 19, Los Lunas, N.M. 

Blake Trisler, 22, Oakland

Gabriel Meyers, 34, Oakland

Samson Morrison, 37, San Francisco

David Batzell, 26, Santa Rosa

Kelly Taylor, 38, San Francisco

Kathryn Degraaf, 24, Oakland

Christa Sadler, 32, San Francisco

Dominic Pottker, 23, Berkeley

Celeste Obomsawin, 33, Oakland

Mohammed Arsalai, 29, Oakland

Kimani Rigmaiden, 19, Castro Valley

Philip Lonsdale, 24, Los Angeles

Eric Desouza, 29, Fremont

Gregory Fernandez, 27, Oakland

Brian Donovan, 21, Pleasant Hill

David Madden, 37, San Francisco

Ryan Jeter, 28, Richmond

Alonso Izquierdo, 18, San Francisco

Pierre Lucas, 23, San Francisco

Amanda Brown, 26, San Francisco

Robert Benson, 37, San Francisco

Kamaka Patrick, 18, San Francisco

Geoffrey Faubion, 36, Reno

Brandon Gilbert, 20, San Francisco

Ryan Marcel, 20, San Francisco

Robert Echevarria, 22, Portland, Ore.

Sean Yarbrough, 24, San Francisco

Jeffrey Auman, 56, San Francisco

Quincey Carr, 27, Oakland

Luke Belz, 18, San Francisco

Jennifer Boatright, 23, Portland, Ore.

Cameron Aoki, 19, San Francisco

More Elected Officials Call for Increased BART Police Oversight

Friday, January 9th, 2009

It was standing room only last night in front of the California State Building in San Francisco as members of the press assembled to hear details of the plan to allow for more oversight of the BART Police.

Read all about it.

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano  and Senator Leland Yee said they consulted with public safety expert San Francisco Supervisor David Campos in order to craft new state legislation.

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BART Directors  Tom Radulovich and Lynette Sweet were also on hand last night to offer their support for this legislation.

It looks like some changes will be coming soon….

Leland Yee and Tom Ammiano Call for Public Oversight of BART Police

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Senator Leland Yee and Assemblymember Tom Ammiano are calling for greater accountability and public oversight of the BART Police today.

Here’s the latest on this, below.

Yee and Ammiano working together on public safety last month. They’ll get into it more during a press conference with San Francisco Supervisor David Campos later today:

RELEASE:

San Francisco Officials Announce Legislation to Provide Greater Accountability and Public Oversight of BART Police  

SAN FRANCISCO – Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) and Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) issued the following joint statement in response to the New Year’s Day shooting involving a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer:

BART currently lacks adequate public oversight and accountability of its police department.  Complaints and grievances against BART police officers have been investigated and adjudicated internally without any independent review.  This is a classic case of the fox guarding the hen house.

The recent incident involving a BART police officer fatally shooting an unarmed man is extremely tragic and disturbing.  Although all the evidence surrounding this case is not yet known, the video footage is beyond troubling.  While the vast majority of our men and women in uniform serve with dignity and honor, there is an unfortunate reputation that has plagued the BART police force for years.
 
In 1957, BART was constituted as a result of state legislation with governance granted to an elected Board of Directors.  Regrettably, the Board has failed to provide a proper mechanism for public input and comment on BART police policy.  Unlike the San Francisco Police Commission, BART lacks any real means for the public to air their grievances regarding police conduct or for an independent body that can propose corrective actions. 

The taxpayers of the Bay Area deserve their law enforcement officials, including the 206 BART officers, to be held accountable.   As two of the state legislators who represent communities serviced by BART, we plan to immediately introduce joint legislation that will finally ensure an independent oversight body is established, public input is accepted, complaints and grievances are fairly considered, and responsible action is taken.
 
While serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, together we responded to incidents of government malfeasance by authoring one of the nation’s strongest sunshine ordinances.  This latest incident again highlights the need for new legislation to ensure greater accountability and public oversight.”

To be continued…