07/05/2011

2nd shooting puts BART in spotlight again

Police say force justified, training improved since Johannes Mehserle shot Oscar Grant in 2009

By John Coté and Demian Bulwa
The San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO — A BART police officer shot and killed a man on the platform of the Civic Center Station in San Francisco late Sunday after the man used a bottle as a weapon and drew a knife, transit agency officials said.

What started as a common police call - a report of a man with an open bottle of alcohol - escalated into a fatal shooting within one minute of officers arriving, BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey said Monday.

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