The Bay Citizen brings us this not-so-surprising news this morning that BART officer James Crowell is off the hook for the July 2011 incident where he shot and killed a homeless man in the Civic Center BART station. The incident, which sparked monthlong protests at BART stations, occurred on July 3, ... More >>
The District Attorney has concluded that BART cop James Crowell was simply defending himself when he shot and killed 45-year-old Charles Hill, a knife-wielding homeless man who was high on alcohol and a deadly amount of meth that night at the Civic Center BART station.After a seven-month investig ... More >>
No longer the face of BART After a curious three-month hiatus, BART's Chief Spokesman, Linton Johnson, is back today -- but he has a new desk and a different title. The veteran spokesman has been reassigned to work on special projects while still bringing home the $170,000 pay package he made as ... More >>
This photo may have been taken and transmitted via cellphone Just as the weekly BART protests have become a faded memory, the transit agency released its new proposed policy that would allow BART to temporarily cut cellphone service -- but only in extraordinary, 9/11-type scenarios.So if yo ... More >>
Andrewarchy via Flickr And then there was one ... Despite the audacious demands put upon BART, including disbanding its police force, protesters seem to have completely lost their mojo. Last night, only three people reportedly showed up to the Monday night demonstration, which was (or would have ... More >>
This is what your commute will look like tonight BART protesters are prepping for another night of commuter grief, with plans to block the fare gates at the Powell Street station starting at 4:30 p.m.The goal is to get the transit agency to open the swing gates, which means commuters would be abl ... More >>
Commuting for freeDon't think that a holiday on Monday meant a holiday from BART protests. The active mob of demonstrators informed the media that they will be in full swing on Thursday, promising to block the fare gates. But this protest, as strange as it sounds, might actually translate into a ... More >>
Michael ShortAll Anonymous all the timeProtesters are planning yet another BART demonstration next week that will undoubtedly ruin your commute home -- again. The group claiming responsibility for the organized protests, Anonymous, is using Twitter to spread the word of the upcoming protest on Mo ... More >>
Just call in sick todayThe notorious hacker group, Anonymous, breached BART's website yesterday, releasing personal information of thousands of Bay Area commuters. On top of that, the group is now warning that it will disrupt transit service tonight during the evening commute.So yeah, find a diff ... More >>
Lauren SmileyJust your avergae BART police protesterUpdate 6:30 p.m.: Protesters have lost steam. The chants are dying down and the crowd has thinned out to about 20 people. Allison reports that Embarcadero was closed for five minutes but has since reopened. Montgomery Street station has also ope ... More >>
No-speech zone?This might just be a first in the annals of Bay Area transit agencies' political suppression (such as those annals are). BART has fessed up to jamming cell-phone signals yesterday at downtown stations in San Francisco in order to disrupt protests over the death of Charles Hill, who ... More >>
Caroline ChenCommuter crush times 10After last month's commute from hell, where protesters literally closed down stations and stopped BART trains, the transit agency was kind enough to give its riders a heads up about possible service disruption again this month. BART officials sent out an e-mail ... More >>
Ouch.Graffiti on public transit is usually lame, giving riders no aesthetic reward for the mechanics who have to clean it off on the taxpayers' dime. But as I zoomed under the streets of the FiDi this morning on BART, I was caught offguard by the salty wit of this particular statement. Forgive my ... More >>
Bart in trouble again!A BART passenger is suing the transit agency and several of its officers, accusing them of beating and arresting him after he said he complied with a police order to stop listening to a musical ringtone on his phone.
You have to wonder -- how annoying was that ringtone? ... More >>
Acquiescing to public demand, BART today released surveillance videos of the shooting death of Charles Hill, a transient who was killed by transit police over the July 4 weekend, sparking raucous protests. Hill, 45, was shot on the Civic Center platform after purportedly menacing an officer with kni ... More >>
Kenneth Harding shot Medical authorities have identified the man who SFPD shot over the weekend as 19-year-old Kenneth Harding. Police say Harding was a parolee who was also a person of interest in the shooting death Tanaya Gilbert last week in Seattle. Police Chief Greg Suhr told reporters on Su ... More >>
SFPDSFPD released a map today which shows the 10 shots fired in yesterday's Bayview shooting, where police officers shot and killed 19-year-old Kenneth Harding.
Harding, who was chased by SFPD officers after he dodged paying his Muni fare, allegedly fired shots at police, who then retaliated wit ... More >>
Maybe commuters should start protesting protesters What we learned from the BART protest earlier this week is that activists can bring commute traffic to a screeching halt. Which is why we are delivering this warning now: Duck out of work early today unless you want to get stuck in yet another pr ... More >>
Over the next few weeks, all BART police will start carrying Tasers -- which they will be required to have on them at all times. This policy has been in the works for years, but in the light of the July 3 controversial shooting, the need for the less-than-lethal guns seems all the more pressing. ... More >>
Yesterday, we tracked the unruly protesters who interrupted the evening commute, creating major train delays and station closures. And while these protesters were expressing their outrage over the recent shooting of 45-year-old Charles Hill, commuters were a little infuriated themselves.SF Weekly's ... More >>
Riot police at Civic Center BART stationAt 4:30 p.m. on Monday, a BART train pulls up to the Civic Center platform. The doors slide open and passengers disembark, looking around curiously once they realize each set of doors is flanked by two BART security guards in fluorescent yellow vests.
In ... More >>
Activists are planning to slow BART service at the Civic Center Station this evening in response to the fatal July 3 BART police shooting. The protest, organized by a group called No Justice, No Bart, is scheduled to take place from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m and could draw as many as 300 people. N ... More >>
Eric C./twitpicRiot police at the cable car turnaround.
Update 8:03 p.m.
Seems like protestors are leaving the cable car turnaround area. Powell St. station remains closed, but -- knock on wood! -- things seem to be finally winding down. We'll sign off for the evening. Hope everyone gets home ... More >>
Charles Hill was shot Medical authorities say Charles Hill, 45, was the man who was shot to death over the weekend by BART police. Hill "had no fixed address," according to the San Francisco Medical Examiner's Office. BART police shot Hill at the Civic Center BART station after getting calls abou ... More >>