BART Police Citizen Review Board To Hear Use Of Force Report Today

June 11, 2018 10:00 am · 6 comments

(by Janis Mara) – The BART Police Citizen Review Board is slated to meet in Oakland this afternoon, and the police department’s annual use of force report is on the agenda.

The board is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. in the BART boardroom at the Kaiser Center at 2040 Webster St.

BART Police Chief Carlos Rojas is slated to give a report on the effect of pending internal investigations on promotional opportunities for police personnel, as well as the annual use of force report, according to the board agenda.

The use of force by BART officers has been in the headlines this year.

In January, BART police officer Joseph Mateu shot Sahleem Tindle three times in the back, killing him at the West Oakland BART station.

Tindle’s family is pursuing a lawsuit against BART police and Mateu with prominent civil rights attorney John Burris.

Oakland police investigators said shortly after the shooting that Tindle was armed while he was grappling with another man on the sidewalk and refused commands when Mateu shot him.

Rojas said in a press conference on Feb. 21 that he believes a video of the shooting released by police indicates that Tindle didn’t have his hands up when Mateu shot him.

Other matters on Monday’s agenda include the department’s media communications and informational policy, as well as the independent police auditor’s report for April and May.

Members of the board work to increase the public’s confidence in BART’s policing services by reviewing, recommending and monitoring changes to police policies, procedures and practices, receiving citizen allegations of
on-duty police misconduct and advising the BART board, general manager, independent police auditor and police chief, among other duties.

Same June 11, 2018 at 11:10 AM

The PCRB should also hold a hearing to discuss the need for police force to restore safety and confidence among the general meek public who don’t want their cell phones or bikes stolen or their car windows smashed while using BART.

Anonymous June 11, 2018 at 11:57 AM

All these oversight groups that are ready to jump on the BART cops are made of people that know nothing about police work but think they are experts. They start with the mindset that the cops are wrong.

Makes for timid cops. Who wouldn’t be if they were constantly second guessed?

We wonder why bums and crooks have taken over BART. ..

Upstanding citizen June 11, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Hmmmm.. Do each of these “use of force” events start with someone breaking the law AND then not following orders by LAW ENFORCEMENT? It seems to me there’s an easy fix for PREVENTING the resulting and *NECESSARY use of force (*in most cases-by far). Citizen Review Board members should “shadow” BART cops in the most active crime areas. They’ll then and only then gain a true perspective on BART criminal matters, ya feel me?

RANDOM TASK June 11, 2018 at 4:00 PM

here’s the review

non can be convicted…its a sanctuary city ….good day your all fired

Lena June 11, 2018 at 4:55 PM

The use of what?

PO'd June 11, 2018 at 8:21 PM

John Burris was responsible for a lot of BART PD procedures (post Oscar Grant shooting), and it looks like he’s making a play here to further the cause.

Upstanding citizen is on it. Almost all of the shootings occur after some perp didn’t follow instructions by Police, and escalated an event to the brink. This is the real story of Ferguson MO- Michael Brown charged the officer in some sort of rage, and was killed in a scuffle.

Of course, a shopping district on a major thoroughfare was burned to the ground, as the rage got out of control after dark. Maybe CNN should drive on Florissant Ave, and show us how it looks now.

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