BART adopts policing reforms after report shows racial disparities

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A report conducted by the Center for Policing Equity studied the policing practices of BART from 2012 to 2017. The report’s findings included that there were two times more vehicle stops per capita of Black individuals than white individuals.

BART police is adopting six recommendations after an outside study showed racial disparities in police stops and use of force.
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BART’s plans, initiatives need to stay on track

BAY AREA AFFAIRS: With many new projects and changes, BART must make sure it is keeping community interests in mind

Thousands of commuters depend on BART as their main source of transportation. But in recent years, the transit system has seen a decline in ridership as overcrowding, delays and crime have risen.
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Berkeley City Council approves petition to rename Ashby BART station after activist Mable Howard

Mable Howard, as described by her daughter Mildred Howard, was a leading community organiser who successfully launched a lawsuit against BART in 1968. An above-ground train would have disrupted many small local businesses — “banks, hardware stores, a shoe store, an appliance store” — and divided white communities and communities of color across the tracks.
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BART Board approves Safe Transit policy

The Safe Transit policy prevents BART employees — including members of the BART Police Department — from asking about riders’ immigration statuses unless directed by state laws, federal regulations or court orders.
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