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Tue Jul 19 2011 (Updated 08/16/11)Justice for Charles Hill BART Action Shuts Three Stations in San Francisco
Tue Jul 19 2011 (Updated 08/16/11)In Protest of BART Police Killing of Charles Hill, Trains Disrupted for Over Two Hours
On the evening of July 3rd, two as of yet unidentified BART police officers responded to a report of an intoxicated man who could barely stand with an open container at the Civic Center BART station in San Francisco. Less than thirty seconds after arriving on the Civic Center platform, BART police shot and killed 5' 8", 150-pound Charles Hill with three rounds to his chest. While initially refusing to release BART's closed-circuit video of the incident and withholding numerous key details, purportedly to avoid biasing witnesses who have not yet been interviewed, BART's police chief Kenton Rainey in the meantime publicly rationalized the shooting, repeatedly defended his officers, and declared that he is "comfortable" with his officers having killed Charles Hill. [BART has since released one video from that night.] Charles Hill is the third person killed by BART police in less than three years. At least three others have died at the hands of BART police prior to the recent spree.
On July 11th, at least 150 demonstrators converged at the very same station to protest the killing, to demand that the officers be held accountable and that the entire "murderous, inept, corrupt" BART police department be shut down. Protesters promised to disrupt the Bay Area Rapid Transit system's business as usual to send a message to BART that the their police department's growing death toll is simply unacceptable. "They succeeded," BART PR spokesman Linton Johnson was forced to concede on the day of action as three of the busiest downtown San Francisco stations were forced to close and trains were disrupted for over two hours.
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See Also: BART Press Conference on Release of Shooting of Charles Hill Video, 7/21/11 | BART CCTV Video of BART Police Killing Charles Hill at Civic Center Station | BART Board Meeting on Killing of Charles Hill in San Franciso, 7/14/11 | BART Police Review Committee Meeting on Killing of Charles Hill, 7/12/11 | Unsafe At Any Speed: Another BART Police Shooting | BARTing While HOMELESS, (and white), the latest BART Police Assassination of Charles Hill | How to Slow BART Trains for Social Justice - BART Action April 8th, 2010 | BART's disgusting spin on their latest crime | Event Announcement
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