It seems we’ve already established that BART is not always the safest place to be, and that the BART police have, in at least a few instances, been part of that problem.

In the latest instance of questionable behavior, a man was Tased at the Downtown Berkeley BART station after allegedly failing to pay his fare. An officer said he saw the man, a one Jason Johnson, exit without paying the toll. He then pursued Johnson, ordering him to stop and then tasing him in the back when he did not comply. This has raised a few eyebrows within the BART administration and elsewhere. read more »

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In the past couple of months, BART police have demonstrated some … regrettable behavior. Allow us to refresh your memory: shot a guy, (apparently) caused a guy’s head to go through a window (watch the video here!) and recently had their taser privileges taken away. Still, we see some kinda skeezy-looking characters on those trains and we’re glad to know that BART police exist. In any case: this summer BART cops become bike cops. read more »

A bulletin issued by BART Police Chief Daschel Butler (who within the safety of our imaginations wears a three piece suit and has facial hair more impressive than your great grandfather sitting on his wrap-around porch drinking mint juleps in the antebellum South) called for an immediate kabash on the use of stun guns. Oh Daschel. The lengths you go to keep Bay Area citizenry untased.

The squadron will turn in their weaponry today. Rest assured, BART Police are waist deep in the development of a new Taser policy, prompted by recent Taser-related controversies due to mal-trained officers.

Our suggestion? Well, we’ve always thought a good lashing with a buggy whip would benefit cold-blooded BART criminals immensely.

Image Source: Jason Edward Scott Bain under Creative Commons
BART Cops Quit Using Tasers For Now [SF Appeal]