Your BART Protest Arrest Recap

Photograph by Helene Goupil.

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.

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  1. Carmen T

    These people are ridiculous and are just thugs standing behind a bogus cause. The man who was shot at Civic Center was waving a knife around. How many unstable homeless men have stabbed people in the city.
    1) There was the 10 year boy riding the bus to school for the first time who was stabbed by a homeless man. He was hispanic so it got little attention in the media
    2)Two women on separate occassions stabbed by a man on Market and Church
    3)A man stabbed at a coffee shop

    If someone is on the BART platform waving a knife near me I want BART police there with guns blazing.

    As a 2nd generation NATIVE San Franciscan these Anonymous assholes are what ruin the city. I hope someone waves a knife at one of their family members and gets an unarmed guard to come and help

    • TC

      I’m going to have to disagree with you slightly on point number 1, you may want to know that he is not hispanic, his name is Hatim Mansori and is of Middle eastern descent. Please check your facts before hinting that the media looks over the hispanic population.

  2. Jay

    “Not unreasonable demands”?? There is nothing reasonable about “Anonymous”. Give me a break…

  3. TC

    WHY are they making such a big deal about losing the WIFI signal. It’s not a right, it’s a perk of riding public transport. ANONYMOUS, please find a worthy cause/argument because this one is WEAK!!!

  4. Number 2 is the only one that looks both reasonable AND productive to me.

    MY unreasonable demand is that BART immediately shut down ALL cell-phone service, all the time, until the spoiled rotten babies cease their weekly tantrums. Then we’d see if BART riders would prefer phone service, or a safe, reliable ride.

  5. Melinda

    So crime is still an issue even though BART police are armed and dangerous.
    The underground celsites were shut down specifically to interfere with peaceful dissent.

  6. Anon Y. Mouse


    Crime is, yes an issue. That is why we have police and unfortunately they need to be armed. Think of the UK where traditionally our police have not been armed as a matter of course. Sadly it is increasingly necessary that more of them are, more of the time.

    Freedom of speech is a right. Freedom of speech just where you want it, when you want it, and how you want it is not necessarily so. And no, the dissent was not a peaceful protest. It caused massive inconvenience and cost.

    The sooner we catch hackers and if found guilty penalize them appropriately to the cost of the inconvenience they cause the better. The same with protesters. If they stay within the law, then fine. If not, divide up the cost of policing etc. between them and fine them with the actual cost.

    I would suspect several tens of thousands of dollars each.

    If you have to pay for expressing your opinions, would that change your approach?

    • Dot com programmer

      So only the rich that can wipe their ass with $10,000 bills can protest?

      Think about it.

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