Rally planned to protest latest BART shooting

A snapshot from an April 8, 2010 BART protest to express outrage over the shooting of Oscar Grant
Photo by David Morse

Activists who swarmed transit stations in the wake of the fatal BART police shooting of Oscar Grant are planning to rally again next Monday, July 11 in response to a fatal July 3 BART police shooting in San Francisco's Civic Center Station.

The shooting victim has been identified by the San Francisco Coroner as Charles Hill, 45, a man who had no permanent address. BART police justified the officers' decision to fire by saying Hill was brandishing a knife and a broken bottle as a weapon, and reported that one of the officers received a minor cut on his arm. However, a witness told the Bay Citizen that he appeared to be a "drunk hippie" who was not running or lunging at police when they arrived.

Hill was shot three times last Sunday evening, about a minute after two officers arrived on the scene. According to recorded radio transmissions, the BART employee who called the police dispatcher to report that there was a problem said, "that guy with the tie dye and the open bottle of alcohol, he's still there. He's kind of moving around a lot."

The radio transmissions were aired by KGO-TV and can be found here. So far, BART has not released video captured by surveillance cameras.

The protest, organized by a group called No Justice, No Bart, is scheduled to take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday, July 11 at Civic Center Station, during rush hour.

"We're expecting 100 people at minimum, and probably a lot more," said an organizer, who asked not to be named. "We anticipate that BART service will be disrupted, potentially significantly."

Here's a description that was included on a Facebook announcement about the BART protest: "We will participate in a collective act of civil disobedience to demand: 1) The BART Board of Directors must shut down the corrupt, inept, disgraceful, and murderous BART police department, permanently and totally. 2) Both officers must be fired, and we demand an independent, public investigation of this killing, and all applicable charges filed and prosecuted against the killers."

The officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, and parallel investigations of the shooting are being conducted by BART police and the San Francisco Police Department.




I'm glad to hear there will be a protest on this as there should be one. Doesn't sound like the guy did anything remotely similar to what one should be shot by a policeperson. If the a person is so freaked out at seeing an aging drunk hippie acting, well, drunk, that he immediately shoots the guy three times to kill him, that person SHOULD NOT BE A POLICEMAN OR POLICEWOMAN.

Everybody that can make it should make it. And the BART police should release the videos RIGHT AWAY and stop COVERING UP for the ones who did this unnecessary killing.

Posted by Bill on Jul. 07, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

then in what sense do you think the "victim" wasn't a direct threat to the cops here?

Posted by Walter on Jul. 07, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

Where's the proof or evidence that the cop had a knife wound? I didn't read any witness report seeing that. I haven't seen any pictures or videos that show the guy who was killed doing that. So if you have any links that will show such evidence, please produce it.

If somebody from the police force said it, I don't believe it. If you do without any additional evidence, then you must have forgot that in the last two months, SF cops, on *TWO* separate occasions, have been caught on video plaintly and obviously taking goods from apartment rooms of persons they were going to for drug offences..

When confronted by the press on this, instead of firing the cops who did it and all the police who went along with it, the leadership of the SF police go into protection mode and give this, "you can't believe the video, the case is under investigation" so it can die quickly and the cops don't get into trouble

One of the officers who got caught on the first video also got caught on the second video. He learned quickly that the SF Police higher-ups weren't going to do diddly to him even when a video was released to the press and public clearly showing him stealing stuff from the person's place.

You're naive if you believe what one of the cops said without additional evidence. If there hadn't been video of Oscar Grant getting killed that got out to the public that clearly showed it was an unjustified killing, it's highly likely the BART police would have had a nice explanation ready for the police (probably along the lines of, "he was reaching in his pants as if he had a gun").

I respect cops and generally like the ones in SF but I'm not naive to think they don't IMMEDIATELY go into protection mode of their fellow officers when one does something he or she shouldn't have done - INCLUDING the Police leadership.

If the SF Police leadership won't take action against SF cops blatantly stealing stuff on camera, and not once but twice, so that they are, in effect, participating in the theft too or the cover-up of it (and thus guilty of corruption), that's all you need to know about the credibility of police statements about what happened when no evidence exists to counter those statements.

Posted by Bill on Jul. 08, 2011 @ 12:06 am

Hi Bill, Yeah I think there are still questions surrounding this business about an officer getting cut, and without the video it's impossible to say just what happened. For what it's worth here's a snippet from a press conference held July 6 about the incident which reveals how little info. they are sharing on that (I wasn't there but I found this transcript online here: http://bart.gov/news/articles/2011/news20110706b.aspx):

Was an officer cut before the shooting?

There was an officer that received a wounds to his forearm.

Before the shooting?

I do not know that.

And what caused those cuts? Was it the knife or--

I do not know that either.

Posted by rebecca on Jul. 08, 2011 @ 8:58 am

It's inexcuseable that the haven't released the videos they have. Something tells me we'll see those a day after never.

Posted by Bill on Jul. 08, 2011 @ 10:15 am

One witness has gone public and it sounds bad...


Posted by Clyde on Jul. 07, 2011 @ 1:45 pm

Police are a MAJOR threat to human life!

Posted by Mary Menos on Jul. 07, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

And BART keeps announcing that people should call BART police to avoid violence. Haw, haw haw!

Posted by Guest on Jul. 07, 2011 @ 5:03 pm
Posted by Guest on Jul. 08, 2011 @ 9:56 am

There is no police to stop the police from shooting innocent or harmless people. First the black oscar now a white oscar.

Posted by Bucky on Jul. 11, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

You guys are morons. Don't you have something else to protest, like the impending destruction of social services which will mean drastic cuts to police and transportation? Then a few police officers doing their job will seem like nothing when folks are getting mugged and assaulted in broad daylight.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 11, 2011 @ 7:34 pm