A BART police officer, who did not want to be named, told us he thinks BART has a hard choice: to let riders feel harassed and unsafe, or to oust people clearly in need of compassion. He said he saw the homeless population in the station swell with "the weather and the economy."
"We have to do what we have to do," he told us. But on the other hand, he said, "It's not against the law to stink."
He's half right. Though being homeless and dirty may not be illegal, it may get you thrown out of a BART station.