BART Protest Delays Evening Commute

Written by Luke Thomas. Posted in News

Published on July 12, 2011 with No Comments

Protesters angry over the shooting death of a homeless man by BART police on July 3, held a protest yesterday at Civic Center BART station yesterday, snarling the evening commute for more than two hours. Photos by Luke Thomas.

By Luke Thomas

July 12, 2011

As many as 50 protesters angry over the shooting death of Charles Hill forced the temporary shutdown of BART service at Civic Center, 16th Street and Powell Street stations yesterday, interrupting the evening commute for more than two hours.

Chanting “Cops, Pigs, Murderers,” “No justice, no peace, disband the BART police,” the demonstrators were able to prevent an eastbound train from leaving the Civic Center station for 15 minutes forcing BART managers to halt services in both directions. One protester managed to climb onto the roof of the train before BART station attendants were able to pull him down.

A protester is pulled from the roof of an eastbound BART train by BART security.

Hill, a homeless man, was shot and killed by BART police July 3 at the Civic Center station. He was brandishing a knife and a bottle while walking towards the officers when he was shot three times, according to police.

Witnesses have reportedly said they believe the officers over reacted.

It was the third fatal shooting by BART police in as many years. On July 17, 2010, Fred Collins was shot and killed outside the Fruitvale station when he charged at officers wielding two knives. On New Year’s Day, 2009, Oscar Grant was shot in the back by then BART officer Johannes Mehserle while Grant laid prostrate on the platform at the same station.

BART and the San Francisco Police Department are investigating Hill’s shooting.

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Luke Thomas is a former software developer and computer consultant who proudly hails from London, England. In 2001, Thomas took a yearlong sabbatical to travel and develop a photographic portfolio. Upon his return to the US, Thomas studied photojournalism to pursue a career in journalism. In 2004, Thomas worked for several neighborhood newspapers in San Francisco before accepting a partnership agreement with the, a news website formerly covering local, state and national politics. In September 2006, Thomas launched The BBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, New York Times, Der Spiegel, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, 7x7, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Bay Guardian and the San Francisco Weekly, among other publications and news outlets, have published his work. Thomas is a member of the Freelance Unit of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, TNG-CWA Local 39521 and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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