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Second (and Last?) Truly Public BART Meeting on Police Oversight, 5/15/09: audio
Two weeks after holding its first public meeting related to police oversight, BART held a second and perhaps its last truly public meeting on oversight of the BART police on Friday, May 15th. While the BART Board of Directors' BART Police Department Review Committee has held a few meetings attended by concerned members of the public and likely will hold more to further shape BART police oversight, those meetings are generally held on Mondays at 10am which makes them difficult for most working people to attend -- and therefore they are not considered to be truly open to the public. BART had promised conveniently-scheduled public meetings such as the one on May 2nd and the latest on May 15th as early as January after the BART police murder of Oscar Gran III, yet it wasn't until after public pressure culminated in a No Justice No Bart takeover of a BART board meeting in April that BART announced any such meetings. And while BART used the promise that they intended to hold a "series of public meetings" as part of their effort to resist California Assembly bill AB312 (which would mandate civilian oversight of BART police) in a letter to state legislators on April 13th, the second such public meeting on May 15th appears to be the last in the "series." At the conclusion of the May 15th meeting, BART announced that the public could attend the Police Review Committee meetings in the future, although the next one of those is not even scheduled at this point, and made no mention of further meetings related to police oversight to be held on weekends or evenings.
First Public BART Meeting on Police Oversight, 5/2/09: audio
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A number of arguments were made against the police oversight proposal as outlined.
In addition to the feedback on the proposal, Diana Davis-Marks, godmother to Oscar Grant III, urges as many people as possible to attend the preliminary hearing for Oscar Grant's murderer, former BART police officer Johannes Mesherle, which is scheduled to begin at 8am on Monday, May 18th, but could potentially run through May 22nd. (http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/05/15/18595039.php)