Arrest video sparks scrutiny of BART cops - again
A video that appears to show a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer pushing a passenger into a glass barrier rekindles the issue of excess police force. A passenger was shot by a BART police officer in January.
For the second time this year, a cellphone video is raising questions about the conduct of Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police.
The video, circulated on YouTube and other websites, shows an officer arresting a disorderly passenger at a station in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday evening. The police officer grabs the man and hauls him out of the train, holding the man's head down. In the video, the officer appears to push the man against the glass barrier, shattering the glass and injuring both officer and suspect.
The incident has revived the intense scrutiny the agency has faced since one of its officers was caught on camera in a fatal shooting of a passenger on New Year's Day.
The latest video leaves little doubt that passenger Michael Gibson was acting unruly, but the question of whether the BART officer, whose name has not been released, used excessive force remains open. The video shows the officer leading Mr. Gibson toward a glass barrier, but it's unclear exactly how the glass broke.
BART officials cautioned anyone from jumping to conclusions.
"This is a use-of-force case that we will thoroughly investigate," BART Police Patrol Commander Daniel Hartwig said in a statement. "In all use-of-force investigations we determine whether the force required to take a suspect into custody is justified and within our use-of-force policy."