San Francisco, CA – One person was wounded in an officer-involved shooting Saturday afternoon at the El Cerrito del Norte Station, BART officials said.
At around 2 p.m. officers responded to a domestic disturbance on a BART train. Witnesses reported a verbal argument between a man and a woman, and said that the young man had a gun in his waistband.
According to NBC Bay Area, two officers approached the suspect, who ran off the train and onto the platform at the El Cerrito del Norte Station. The suspect then ran onto the tracks.
“Officers got onto the platform, challenged that individual who ran off the train, down the platform and onto our track way,” said BART Police Chief Ed Alvarez.
“At this point a gun was produced and our officers ultimately shot.”
Officials said that it is not yet known how many shots were fired.
The suspect sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to a hospital, police said.
“I thought it sounded like M-80s or something you hear on Halloween, like eight or 9 in a row,” said Dan Holzman, a witness.
“All of a sudden people started running out, I was like, that’s gotta be gunshots with people running out like that.”
The woman involved was unharmed.
BART police are reviewing video from the platform, body cameras and the train.
The shooting comes amid concern about law enforcement in the transit system, as some riders worry about crime and a lingering mistrust of BART police over past shootings, all while a jury trial unfolds in the killing of 18-year-old Nia Wilson aboard a train in July 2018.
The Bay area is not the only place feeling the pressure regarding officers on trains.
Governor Andrew Cuomo is attempting to hire 500 new MTA officers, as assaults on the subways have risen dramatically over the last year.
“These additional police officers will enable us to continue to focus on getting the homeless the help that they need, in conjunction with the city. They will help us in terms of fare evasion, and they’ll also help us in terms of making sure our staff are properly protected,” Andy Byford transit chief told reporters earlier this year.
Of course, like everything else law enforcement related, most Democrats in the city are against this new hiring.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and fellow Democrats sent a letter to Cuomo demanding that he spend money on upgrading the subway and bus systems rather than spending it on officers to combat fair evasions and other subway crimes.
New York Democrats feel that cracking down on fare jumpers will unfairly target the black and brown communities who currently struggle to pay the $2.75 subway fare and are living in poverty.
“Arresting hard-working people who cannot afford a $2.75 fare is, in effect, the criminalization of poverty,” she wrote in the letter to Cuomo “Desperately needed resources would be better invested in subway, bus, maintenance, and service improvements, as well as protecting riders and transit workers from assault rather than in the over-policing of our communities.”
In true AOC fashion of spewing out ideas but not really having any comprehensive or logical solutions to bak it up, she said:
“Instead of patrolling the turnstile, existing police officers should focus on the threats faced by MTA employees.”
She when on to later add that “doing so would also save the MTA money by curbing costs to cover for injured workers.”
According to the New York post, ‘Assaults against subway workers are up 39% from last year, according to the MTA’s largest labor union. Fare evasion is also growing, and the cash-strapped agency lost $240 million from it between March 2018 and March 2019.’
$240 million lost in a single year because individuals are skipping out on paying their fares. Need we remind AOC of basic math that, adding more officers would allow both of those numbers to decrease?
Democrat City Council Speaker Corey Johnson expressed to reporters earlier this year that:
“So many people that are not paying the fare and evading the fare can’t afford it. We need to work on fare evasion, but I don’t think we need a hammer.”
Again, another politician complaining about an issue but not providing any comprehensive idea to fix the problem.
The New York Post also reported that ‘two of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s three reps — Bob Linn and David Jones — cited the decision to hire more police officers as a reason for their votes against the budget.’
Along with AOC, others that signed on to her letter include Congressman Jose Serrano and State Sen. Michael Gianaris, US Rep. Jerrold Nadler along with State Sen Luis Sepulveda, State Sen. Jessica Ramos, State Sen. Julia Salazar and State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi. Again, with none offering any comprehensive solutions to the issues at hand.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Cuomo: Stop Criminalizing Poverty with Your ‘Dangerous’ Subway Cop Plan https://t.co/eil3gJLl5u
— Annette Blankenship (@DoNotGiveUpHope) December 22, 2019
It should also be noted that the MTA in response to AOC’s letter has provided a list that includes over 40 incidents that have been covered by the media since Nov. 1 2019 that have all “required police attention.” That’s 40 were covered by media outlets in a little over a month, imagine the number of incidents that didn’t get picked up?
But again, AOC and other New York Democrats feel that the MTA should only deploy the officers they have and should not be allowed to hire anymore for fear of over policing.
Congress woman Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t think the Governor should add 500 more MTA police officers to make the subways safer. Watch & you decide as a woman is assaulted, thrown to the ground and kicked. This is a NYC subway. https://t.co/5tJEZ9q6P0
— SBA (@SBANYPD) January 3, 2020
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