BART cops in shooting not trained for crises

Chief of BART police said that field officers who train rookies had gone through such courses, but the two officers in question did not


By Wyatt Buchanan
The San Francisco Chronicle

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Neither of the two BART police officers involved in the shooting of a transient at the Civic Center Station in July had received crisis intervention training, a specialized type of instruction that helps law enforcement interact with people who may be suffering from mental problems, the BART police chief said Tuesday.

Kenton Rainey, the chief of BART police, spoke about the training as one of several BART officials who were questioned by lawmakers at a special hearing at the Capitol in the wake of the fatal shooting that has led to several disruptive protests against the transit agency.

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