A BART protester will return to court today for allegedly igniting Icy Hot, a topical pain reliever, at an Aug. 22 protest in San Francisco.
On Aug. 24, Ryan Ragle, 27, pleaded not guilty to felony charges of possessing an incendiary device and resisting arrest. Ragle is scheduled to appear in court today to set a preliminary hearing.
Police said Ragle used a lighter to set fire to Icy Hot, which contains menthol, at a BART protest Aug. 22, said Tamara Aparton, a spokeswoman for the Public Defender’s Office.
Ragle is among as many as 40 people who have been arrested at BART protests since the demonstrations began in early July.
The protests are in response to the fatal shooting of transient Charles Hill by BART police, and they have largely focused on police brutality and the transit agency’s decision to shut off cellphone service in its downtown stations to thwart a planned protest in July.
The demonstrations have been loosely organized by the online hacking collective Anonymous, and the local group No Justice, No BART also has taken part.
Protester turnout has waned in recent weeks — only three people showed up at the Civic Center station for the most recent demonstration on Sept. 26.