Bart police are catching heat again for yet another public relations gaffe, this time at the protest on Thursday at Powell Street Bart Station where they arrested professional and student journalists along with protestors, and forced all other media to leave the station, thus denying media direct access.
By chance I happened to take the metro downtown Thursday to pick up art supplies, arriving at Powell St. Station minutes before police began to shut it down.
What I observed was troubling in terms of freedom of speech, assembly, and press. Furthermore, the way in which Bart PD spokespeople have since publicly represented police conduct conflicts with what I and others, including professional journalists, actually observed. Read the rest of this entry »