It’s not every morning that you wake up to find an Excel spreadsheet from the SFPD in your inbox. No way to hyperlocal the arrests — the days of the SFPD giving out the home addresses of those arrested are long gone. Which is as it should be: People get arrested for things all the time, not all of them illegal.
A few things of note: BART travels through multiple cities and counties, so people from Richmond or Oakland getting arrested in San Francisco doesn’t come as much of a surprise. But we had four out-of-state arrests — two from Portland, one from Reno and one from Las Lunas, New Mexico.
Other numbers: Of the 36, 35 were arrested under police code 2800, refusal to comply with a lawful out-of-service order issued by a peace officer or commercial vehicle inspector of any state, any province of Canada, or the federal government of the United States, Canada or Mexico, when that peace officer or commercial vehicle inspector is in uniform and is performing duties under any provisions of state, provincial, federal or Mexican law.
Five were arrested under 148 — resisting, delaying or obstructing any public officer, peace officer or emergency medical technician in the discharge of or attempt to discharge any duty of his or her office.
Thirty-one were arrested under 21950 — failure to yield the right-of-way at a crosswalk.
One person was arrested under 453 — possession, manufacture or disposal of any flammable or combustible material or substance, or any incendiary device in an arrangement or preparation, with intent to willfully and maliciously use this material, substance or device to set fire to or burn any structure, forest land or property. Those would probably be some of the firecrackers that people at the protest reported going off. That person — the only person who looks to be charged with anything — was booked into county jail on a felony charge.
Five were charged with 148, resisting arrest.
One person was categorized as 601, which means they’re a missing person or runaway. Their city of residence is listed as San Francisco, though, so they can’t have run far. That person is a juvenile — a month away from his or her 18th birthday. This person and one other protester were the only other people booked into county jail, because they didn’t have ID on them at the time of arrest.
You all must have noticed how many police officers were out on the street last time. This has got to be getting expensive.
Meanwhile, Anonymous, the group that claims to be organizing the protests, released its list of demands this Tuesday, on Tumblr, of all places:
We have stated and will keep our promise of a protest EVERY week until our demands are met. Since these demands have not reached the BART board of directors yet, we will remind you of what we want in order to stop our protest:
1. Fire Linton Johnson and BART Chief Kenton Rainey.
2. Mandate new training for all BART officers.
3. Publicly apologize to the people for shutting down cell service.
4. Take the guns away from the BART police.
5. Reopen the investigation to the killing of Charles Hill.
Not only will these demands make the public feel more safe riding the BART system, but it will also ensure that BART is taking active steps to correcting its mistakes.
So now that we have made ourselves clear, we will continue with #OpBART every week until our demands are met.
We will see you next Monday the 29th, 2011 Outside the Civic Center at 5 pm.
We are Anonymous.
Not unreasonable demands. Do you think BART will comply?
The takeaway: Everyone who is in Anonymous who is also going to Burning Man will be leaving on Tuesday.
If you like your Monday night commute smooth and untroubled, we’ve compiled this handy guide to alternate transit options across the Bay. Rather than view it as “My commute from my soul-sucking job is being disrupted by people who read too many Alan Moore comics,” one could see it as an excuse for wine and cheese and the sunset from the deck of the ferry.
If you plan on joining the protest this Monday and are not in the mood to be arrested, keep an eye on your surroundings and avoid situations where it looks like police are being obstructed or blocked in. And carry that I.D.