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Thursday, December 4, 2014

"Track Intruders" Wander into Muni Tunnel During Protest

Posted By on Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 3:45 PM

click to enlarge This three-year-old photo indicates the impracticality of  strolling on "the catwalk" in the Muni tunnels... - WILLIAM POOR
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  • This three-year-old photo indicates the impracticality of strolling on "the catwalk" in the Muni tunnels...
Following a Staten Island grand jury's Wednesday decision to not indict the police officer who killed 43-year-old Eric Garner while subduing him in a choke-hold, protests were quickly organized on both sides of the bay.

Oakland demonstrators last night marched about the city while San Francisco protesters held a "die-in" at Market and Powell before blocking Market Street for several hours.   

If you were in a bus, tram, or other mode of surface transport, you were out of luck. And, it turns out, you weren't going anywhere on a Muni train as well. 

At 8:19 p.m. a passenger on an N-Judah train reported seeing two people believed to have separated from a larger group of protesters at Civic Center Station wandering onto the "catwalk" walkway in the tunnel, and heading toward Powell Street Station on foot. 

Muni officials suspended service into the station (passengers were, ominously, told the delay was due to "a track intrusion."). A "sweeper train" was sent to collect the trespassers, who refused to board. They walked back to Civic Center and exited the station. Trains began rolling again, slowly, by around 8:40 p.m.

Muni spokesman Paul Rose says a police report has been filed. Video "has been pulled" and SF Weekly has requested that video. 

It remains unclear if the alleged protesters were walking into the tunnel in order to make a statement or simply wished to walk between stations belowground. 

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

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