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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

BART Marks One Year Anniversary Of Oscar Grant Shooting With More Police Patrols

Posted By on Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 12:04 PM

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It's expected that BART officials would want to be well
prepared for just about anything this New Year's Day, which marks the 1-year-anniversary of the controversial Oscar Grant shooting.

That's why the transit agency has plans to revamp train schedules this holiday to help control the crowds. And just in case the crowds get out of hand (which seems likely), BART will already have in place nearly double the number of cops in stations and on the trains from last year.

We are talking about as many as 200 cops aboard.

Yet, BART officials deny that the police surge has anything to do with last year's tragic shooting where BART officer Johannes Mehserle has been charged with shooting and killing Grant after a dispute at the Fruitvale BART station.

BART officials say they just want riders to feel safe this year.

"We are increasing police presence because we want to deter rowdy behavior and have enough officers on hand to respond to virtually any situation," says BART spokesman Linton Johnson.

Amazingly enough, increasing the number of cops on patrol that night won't put a dent in the agency's budget, Johnson says.

"It should fall within our annual budget, especially since this was planned in advance," Johnson says.

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