San Fran’s BART won’t release videos of train attacks; doesn’t want to stereotype attackers

San Fran’s BART won’t release videos of train attacks; doesn’t want to stereotype attackers
BART station in Oakland, on a happier occasion. (Image: Screen grab of YouTube video, V-Spot)

[Ed. – That tells us everything we need to know.  It’s just fine to stereotype white people, in any grotesque or ridiculous way you want.]

Over the last few months, several attacks by large groups have targeted riders on San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) trains, resulting in robberies and injuries. The first of these took place in Apriland involved as many as sixty youth and seven victims, two of whom were beaten. The two most recent came at the end of June, including an armed robbery with a knife and another incident with a dozen perpetrators robbing a woman.

BART riders have begun to fear for their safety, and want video released to see who are committing these robberies. BART won’t release the video, however, and BART board member Deborah Allen tells CBS that it’s because they are afraid that the videos will “unfairly affect and characterize riders of color”…

The problem with all of the legalese offered by BART in this instance is the admission that they admittedly base that policy in part on the ethnicity of the perpetrators. “So if it were a video showing white teenagers robbing someone,” the KPIX anchor asked Allen, “we would have the video by now?”

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