Add comment on:BART Uses Faux "Community" at Press Conference to Attack Ammiano for BART's Own Failures: audio and photos
BART held a press conference on Monday, August 24th purportedly to lobby for its newly-developed police oversight proposal. They want the state legislature to support their plan by making two limited changes to the BART Act rather than to support AB312 which was introduced in February by Assemblyperson Tom Ammiano in order to mandate civilian police oversight at BART. What began as a seemingly earnest effort to encourage the public to lobby legislators for BART's plan, which included BART's appearance at this week's Town Hall for Justice to enlist community support for their press conference, was soon revealed Monday morning as a disgraceful attempt to exploit community activists and Oscar Grant's family as props in a crass shifting of responsibility through a direct attack on Ammiano. The contemporary, smart alec colloquial use of the word "fail" on the internet seems apt here... BART press conference: big - time - FAIL! They ruffled the wrong feathers in the state legislature. They offended the family of Oscar Grant and community activists who have been fighting for justice since January while BART has yet to admit responsibility or hold a single person accountable.
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