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Contentious and Conversational BART Police Review Committee Public Meeting, 4/20/09: audio
BART's ad hoc Police Department Review Committee held a public meeting on April 20th in the BART Board room without having made a public announcement about it. Those invested in participating in the process of BART's creation of a citizens' police review commission found out about the meeting via word of mouth after it was mentioned in a legislative hearing in Sacramento on April 14th. BART board members and staff claimed that notice had been posted to the http://www.bart.gov website but no one at the meeting said they had been able to find such a notice. [Apparently, BART didn't post notice of the Monday morning meeting until some time Friday.]
Apologies for about five missing minutes of the audio near the very end of the meeting (about 2 hours and 51 minutes into the meeting). The missing audio came as the conversation was largely winding down and includes a discussion of a future BART memorial for Oscar Grant. The gap has been indicated with a silence and a brief tone sound.
The next full Board meeting open to the public is this Thursday at 9am at the Kaiser Center 20th Street Mall, Third Floor, 344 20th St., Oakland, CA.
From left around the table: Roddrick Lee (government and community relations), Reginald Lyles (consultant), Tom Radulovich (board/committee member), Lynette Sweet (board/committee member), Joel Keller (board/committee member), Carole Ward Allen (board member/committee chairman), Dorothy Dugger (general manager), Marsha deVaughn (deputy general manager), Matt Burrows (BART general counsel)
BART Police Chief Gary Gee and several BART officers were also present.
Public attendees included Oscar Grant's godmother, Diana Davis-Marks, Ramona Tascoe of Allen Temple Baptist Church, Oakland City Councilmember Desley Brooks, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano's spokesman Quentin Mecke, Krystof from No Justice No BART and about a dozen or so others.
These three pages of new rules are obviously in response to the last full BART Board meeting on April 9th: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/04/10/18587569.php.