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Friday, February 14, 2014

BART Police Chief Defends Cop Who Repeatedly Tased Passenger

Posted By on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 8:17 AM

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Yesterday, a video made the rounds in the media showing a BART cop tasing a passenger several times while on a Millbrae-bound train last month. While passengers -- and some readers -- were appalled by the officer's use of force, Police Chief Kenton Rainey was not so alarmed.

In response to the video, Chief Rainey told reporters that, although the officer in question is fairly new to the force, he acted appropriately.

On Jan. 29, a passenger called BART police to report a drunk man harassing commuters aboard a train in San Bruno. When an officer arrived, he sternly asked the suspect, later identified as Robert Asberry, to get off the train.

When he refused, the cop Tased him.

"As you saw in the video, the officer was extremely patient," Rainey told KPIX 5, which first aired the video.

After the officer drags the man to the aisle, he then tases him a second time, which Rainey says was "reasonable."

"I saw the subject still kicking, struggling with the officer," Rainey said.

BART issued a statement to the press yesterday, saying the transit agency was investigating and the video has been sent to internal affairs for review.

Here's the video:

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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