San Fran’s BART Withholding Surveillance Videos Of Crime To Avoid ‘Stereotypes’

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  • Jay Bartlett

    In the last three months, there have been at least three robberies on BART involving groups of teenagers. “I think people are genuinely concerned – they are fearful about the stories that have come out about the recent attacks, the assaults, the thefts,” said Debora Allen, who is a member of the BART Board of Directors. “To release these videos would create a high level of racially insensitive commentary toward the district,” she was told. “And in addition it would create a racial bias in the riders against minorities on the trains.” According to a memo distributed to BART Directors, the agency won’t do a press release on the June 30 theft because it was a “petty crime” that would make BART look “crime ridden.” Furthermore, it would “unfairly affect and characterize riders of color, leading to sweeping generalizations in media reports.” The memo was from BART Assistant General Manager Kerry Hamill.

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  • Larry Wolst

    The Position taken by BART is wrong. They definitely are putting passenger safety 2nd.
    Not good. There was no mention on whether the video was viewed by police investigating these crimes. Is BART sharing the video with investigators?

    Glad I do not live in a state where personal freedom is taking second seat to avoiding offending criminals.

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  • Sterling Coleman

    “April 22: Forty to sixty kids boarded a train at the Coliseum stop and robbed seven passengers, beating up two”

    “…we would certainly face questions as to why we were sensationalizing relatively minor crimes and perpetuating false stereotypes in the process.”

    So a group of 40 to 60 kids robbing and beating people up is a relatively minor crime? Exactly what constitutes a major crime?

    To not be racially biased BART would need to either release all videos of crimes committed or no videos of crimes committed – regardless of the race / gender / creed of the suspects. If BART is not releasing the video due to the race of the suspects that makes BART racially biased. Is this a good place to link to the definition of hypocrisy?

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  • Bruce Dawson

    I think it is absurd that Bart is taking this stance no matter what their rationalization. I don’t see anything thing wrong about racially profiling if it is a accurate depiction of who the perps are. Thugs of any and all colors & race should be released and humiliated. Perhaps if they are shown who they are someone would recognize them and hopefully let the authorities know who they are.

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