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BART To Restrict Role Of Police

NBC Bay Area-


Members of the BART Board of Directors are requesting the transit agency explore study how to eventually limit the role and responsibilities of BART police officers.

The prospect of limiting the role of BART police officers was introduced Thursday afternoon during a BART board of directors meeting and, ultimately, was approved as an amendment to the agency’s $2.42 billion budget package in a 7 to 2 vote. The proposal requires BART staff to present its findings in October, when the board is scheduled to revisit the budget and potentially make necessary changes in light of the ongoing pandemic and a serious decline in ridership and revenue.

The call for reform requires the agency to immediately begin working to develop less of a reliance on its own police force, saying:

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