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Town Hall Invites and Questions BART Cops, Oakland, 3/14/09: photos and audio
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BART Board Director Bob Franklin and five BART police officers were invited to speak at this week's Town Hall. The visit was described by Bob Franklin as BART's attempt to open lines of communication and begin to repair relations with the community, especially Oakland's African American community. They took questions from attendees for about an hour and forty minutes. The BART police largely defended the Police Bill of Rights, as well as their existence as the police agency for the transit system and their use of weapons, but they did concede that some form of civilian oversight was appropriate as well as increased training for officers. Pastor Deon was the first to speak and led into the reasons the BART police and BART Director of the Board Bob Franklin were invited to the Town Hall, namely to speak to the Police Officers Bill of Rights in California and to take questions, as long as they all committed to following through and returning for future Town Halls.

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