Skip to comments.Man fatally shot by BART police officer.Fruitvale alert
Posted on 01/01/2009 6:08:50 PM PST by GSP.FAN
A young man allegedly involved in a possible scuffle aboard a BART train was shot to death by a BART police officer on the platform of the Fruitvale Station early today.
(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...
Yes, BART cops are armed.
Yes, they are regular armed officers - with K-9 units and all the accoutrements. How often they actually ride trains is an open question. ;)
I always thought of Bart officers as cheap security with a uniform.
Yikes. It's been 30 yrs since I've lived in the Bay Area. Even back then they had cameras that monitored the station platforms. It'll be interesting if this was caught on tape.
Drive by media.
Sfgate will never report on the story again.
I never could figure out why they called the Frisco Area Rapid Transit BART.
Fruitvale? Really? I still just call it San Francisco.
Bay Area Rapid Transit.
That's just a joke waiting to happen....
Deceased was 22 years old. This is a horrid event.
Guns and dogs. The dogs appear to be the better trained. My guess is that this is another one of those “accidental discharges” - and yes, they carry a certain Austrian designed handgun.
In the wake of 911 some of them were briefly issued M4s or CAR15s. Let’s just say that it soon became apparent that muzzle control was not a big part of their training. Nothing like some guy waving his carbine round on a crowded train.
What annoys me is that BART cops also have cars and you often see them driving around, from one station to another I suppose. Not sure why they can’t just take the train like the rest of us.
“This is a horrid event.”
Not necessarily. Some people just need killing.
That would be Portland Tri Max.
If a scuffle or mugging happens the unarmed security officers is NOT I repear NOT allowed to intervene.
All he can do is call 911.
Now how stupid is that to pay a suckurity officer whose sole job is to stand by and call 911.
The riders can do that for no cost to the city.
Bay Area Rapid Transit
Back then it was safe to ride BART.
Use to go all over as a teen exploring.
Bay Area Rapid Transit = Bart
Phoenix Area Rapid Transit = ?
the CBS 5 video at the link reports at 1:07 that Grant was either sitting or lying down on the pavement. BART claims that not all cameras are taped.
imo if five police officers couldn’t handle this, then they needed to threaten use of dogs or teargas as a secondary measure before any guns were pulled. jmo moo
I understand your joke; but this sounds awful. The deceased was already handcuffed and laying/sitting on the concrete. According to article, the gun “discharged”. Meaning? It wasn’t an intentional shoot.
Got it. ;-)
i remember when I was a teen and went to a county fair in Pleasanton back around 1970 or so and they had a mockup of a BART car there and the proposal of building the system.
Many people laughed at it said it belongs in Disneyland, jump 10 years later and I rode it all day at times, you get an all day pass for something like $5 and I just went all over the bay area, under the bay, on past Oakland, it had some pretty fast acceleration, too fast at first and there was problems galore, when the quake hit in ‘89 I think the tube survived.
I think overall its been pretty successful.
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