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BART Police Oversight Subcommittee Stacked Against Real Civilian Oversight, 6/1/09: audio
BART still just doesn't seem to be getting it, despite clear pleas from the public for five months now since the murder of Oscar Grant. The public has demanded accountability and to date BART has not taken any action against a single police officer present on the Fruitvale BART platform that night, including Tony Pirone who physically assaulted Oscar Grant and his friends nor Marysol Domenici who threatened many of them with a taser (as well as the two of them lying all over the witness stand recently). All seven of those officers remain on the BART payroll, currently enjoying very long paid vacations. The actual shooter, Mehserle, was never questioned or held to account by BART -- he resigned of his own accord. Nor has BART held Police Chief Gary Gee or General Manager Dorothy Dugger to account for their roles in minimalizing and covering up the murder, choosing instead to make excuses and rationalize their officers' atrocious behavior.
Public comment begins at 1 hour 37 minutes into the meeting. Speakers continued to push for accountability at BART and for the strongest civilian oversight of BPD.
The members of the subcommittee are: Reginald Lyles, consultant with the BPD Review Committee, 20-year Berkeley police officer, and Deacon at Allen Temple Baptist; Donald Casimere, Confidential Investigative and Appeals Officer with the Richmond Police Commission and former Richmond police officer; BART Board Director Tom Radulovich, BPD Review Committee member; BART Board Director Lynette Sweet, BPD Review Committee member; Reverend Daniel Buford, AllenTemple Baptist; Jesse Sekhon, President BART Police Officers' Association; Gregg Savage, President BART Police Managers' Association; and Minister Keith Mohammad, Nation of Islam, who was not present for this meeting.
Quintin Mecke, Assembleymember Tom Ammiano's communications director, was present and commented in the public comment period. Tom Ammiano of San Francisco is the author of AB312 which would mandate civilian oversight of BART police in the model of San Francisco's Office of Citizen Complaints, but BART has resisted having the state mandate civilian oversight, claiming that they have the situation under control and are working towards a real accountability solution.
Second (and Last?) Truly Public BART Meeting on Police Oversight, 5/15/09: audio
First Public BART Meeting on Police Oversight, 5/2/09: audio
Contentious and Conversational BART Police Review Committee Public Meeting, 4/20/09: audio