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BART officials under fire for withholding crime surveillance videos to avoid racial stereotypes
11 July 11, 2017
(extract from a longer article)
Officials from BART, the public metro system serving California's San Francisco Bay area, have come under fire for their refusal to release crime surveillance videos, claiming such tapes will promote stereotypes and "stir up racial animosity."
A BART official defended the agency's decision on Monday by saying information about criminal misconduct will be withheld at this time because of the media's "disproportionate elevation" of crimes that "unfairly affect and characterize riders of color," the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The decision, however, has been roundly criticized by at last two BART board members who are calling for greater transparency on how crimes are reported within the system.
Since the cameras were installed in April, a string of cell phone robberies have been reported on board the metro, according to local news outlets.
On April 22, 40 to 60 youths boarded a train at the Coliseum stop and robbed seven passengers, assaulting two, according to local station KCBS-TV. On June 28, a group of four teens assaulted a passenger and made off with another cell phone.
Until early June, the agency was issuing daily reports on police calls at BART, providing a narrative description of the report and the department’s response to anyone who signed up to receive those emails, The Mercury News reported.
But that procedure changed when BART Police Chief Carlos Rojas assumed control of the department in late May, according to the newspaper.
BART board director Deborah Allen is pressing the agency to release more about the crimes to the public -- including videos of the recent robberies, telling The Mercury News: "People need to be aware of what’s happening on the trains."
We mustn't confuse people with the facts, eh Chief Rojas?
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