In case anyone isn't aware, BART police have killed before.
Doesn't anyone remember Jerrold Hall? There've been more.
The Mercury link above has video of the cop shooting Oscar Grant. It has only a PARTIAL list of the people wh
o've been killed by BART police. This does not include the many more who have been hurt, injured, disabled, f
alsely accused and imprisoned, etc. etc. Some of us just AVOID BART because we don't feel safe or welcome there.
What environmental and social justice advocates need to point the finger at, beyond the long glaring problems
with BART police (highest paid, worst trained, least accountable in the state) is the EN
DEMIC RACISM of BART.
As fares go up, the highest paid BART execs drive expensive cars to work from far away and have a total disco
nnection from the reality of people who are dependent on transit. Someone needs to shine a BRIGHT light on w
hat's going on at the top and how they're spending OUR transportation dollars.
BART was conceived as an upper class express to the financial district for a white-only clientele. BART conti
nues to gobble up the limited transportation dollars that would better help the ALL get around, to fund an ov
erpriced system full of corruption and kickbacks.
Let us not forget how racist and violent the transportation system is. Ai
r pollution: in the poor neighborhoods. Lack of access: in the poor neighborhoods. Disproportionate deaths fo
r pedestrians in cities: in the poor neighborhoods. Who's in the poor neighborhoods: disproportionately peopl
e of color. It's an institution. Turn it on its head.
Why aren't people shutting down the freeways in protest of cancer, asthma? Those deaths are just as cold bloo
ded as what happens again and again at BART.
This is not meant to be reformist. It's strategic. Nobody should live in a traffic sewer.
The culture of BART that allows police to kill again and again comes from the same culture that refuses to se
rve the public and maintains major disparities which ALSO kill, in MUCH LARGER NUMBE
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