Civic Center BART Shooting Spurs Protest

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No Justice, No BART Demands BART PD  Shut Down, Firing of Officers who Shot Charless Hill

A group protesting the death of a man killed during a confrontation with BART police officers last week plans to take over the BART platform of the Civic Center station where the shooting occurred Monday afternoon. The group No Justice, No BART said it will demand that the BART police department be permanently shut down, and that both officers involved in the July 3 shooting of Charles Hill be fired. In addition, the group wants to see an independent public investigation of the death and charges filed and prosecuted against the officers involved. A BART spokesman did not return a call requesting comment on the planned protest. Hill, 45, was allegedly wielding a knife and a broken alcohol bottle before BART police shot him at about 9:45 p.m. on the train platform, according to BART spokesman Linton Johnson. Hill, who has no fixed address, was shot in the front torso area and later taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:45 p.m. Two BART police officers had responded to the station after receiving reports of a white man wearing a tie-dye shirt and green military fatigue pants who was carrying an open container of alcohol. He was described as drunk and "wobbly" to BART dispatch. The officers approached the man, who was aggressive and combative and did not comply with orders, according to BART police. One of the officers was armed with a Taser. One suffered minor cuts during the confrontation, BART officials said. Some witnesses to the incident have stated in the media that the man was not running or lunging at the two officers, but Johnson has said those accounts are "not the only perspective" on the shooting. San Francisco and BART police are interviewing 35 to 40 witnesses in the incident. Johnson said BART will release a video of the shooting after the investigations are complete unless the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, which is conducting its own probe, objects. No Justice, No BART formed in response to the New Year's Day 2009 shooting of Oscar Grant III, which sparked multiple protests. The 22-year-old Hayward resident was shot and killed while unarmed by BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served around a year in jail. Mehserle admitted to the shooting but said he intended to use his Taser on Grant. Monday's protest is expected to begin at 4:30 p.m.

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