The Bay Citizen brings us this not-so-surprising news this morning that BART officer James Crowell is off the hook for shooting and killing a homeless man in the Civic Center BART station.
The incident, which sparked monthlong protests at BART stations, occurred on July 3, 2011, when BART officers received a call of a "wobbly, drunk man" on the platform. When police arrived, the found 45-year-old Charles Hill, armed with a knife and a broken bottle. Crowell supposedly ordered Hill to put down his weapons, but instead, Hill lunged toward the officer, according to BART.
That's when Crowell fired the fatal shot.
Earlier this year, the San Francisco District Attorney decided not to file charges against Crowell, saying the officer fired his weapon in self-defense. Yesterday, the independent police auditor announced that he agrees that Crowell did nothing criminal, and was merely protecting himself.