If threat warrants, BART cops can block cellphones
The agency that oversees the San Francisco area transit system is authorizing police to turn off wireless communications in train stations
OAKLAND, Calif. — The agency that oversees the San Francisco area transit system is authorizing police to turn off wireless communications in train stations, but only for extraordinary threats.
The board of directors for Bay Area Rapid Transit approved the new policy Thursday. It limits blackouts to cases in which train passengers, employees or property are threatened or a substantial disruption to train service is possible.
Officials crafted the policy after BART was criticized for cutting cellphone and wireless data service in San Francisco subway stations to thwart a planned protest in August.
BART became the first known government agency in the nation to block electronic communications as a means to quell social unrest, and the action touched off an outcry among free speech activists and led to cyber-attacks by the hacker collective Anonymous.
Copyright 2011 Associated Press
Copyright Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Recommended for you
Join the discussion
PoliceOne top 5
- Okla. chief defends cop after TASER threat sparks controversy, video released
- UK police: 19 dead, roughly 50 injured after explosion at Ariana Grande concert
- 2 words that should never appear in your police report
- NYPD: Train worker refused to open gate for cop pursuing shoplifter
- Officer makes history as NYPD's first female counter-sniper