Deadly Transportation Authority Cuts Cell Service to Prevent Protests

August 16, 2011  |  

(NPR) — Authorities in San Francisco had to shut down several city subway stations Monday after demonstrators tried to stop a train from leaving a downtown station.  The protesters were upset that the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency last week shut down cellphone access in the subway to prevent a protest.  BART police have been the target of protests over alleged brutality. Most recently, two BART officers shot Charles Hill, a transient man they said threatened them with a knife.  That shooting is one of the reasons that Jevon Cochran has come to this and other protests.  “They could have detained him in a non-lethal fashion but they chose to shoot and kill him,” Cochran says.  On July 11 protester who agree with Cochran stormed a BART station and tried to stop a train from leaving. When transit authorities heard there was another protest scheduled last week, they cut off cellphone service in the subway to interfere with the organizers.

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