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BART Releases Public Report from Meyers Nave Investigation of New Year's Day Murder, 8/18/09
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The long-overdue investigative report from Meyers Nave was finally turned over to BART last week and in turn a public version of the report was made available late this afternoon. The public report does not assign personal responsibility to any of the officers on the Fruitvale BART platform when Oscar Grant III was murdered. Nor does it recommend any corrective or disciplinary actions for specific BART police officers or supervisors in the chain of command. It says things like "the laser on the Tasers was often pointed in unsafe directions" without noting which officers did so (Tony Pirone and Marysol Domenici) and without recommending disciplinary action for the culprits. "Personnel matters" have not been released ostensibly due to the California Police Bill of Rights. Presumably, such info is contained in the full report released internally to BART. The public report, though, entitled "Review of BART PD Policies, Practices and Procedures," is highly critical of just about everything BART police and commanders did on January 1st and in the ensuing aftermath of the murder, as well as the culture of unaccountability within the BART Police Department. Overall, the report confirms much of which community activists were already aware -- that in too many ways the BART police have been an unprofessional and out of control police force desperately lacking proper oversight and accountability to the public.

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