Erratic BART protest hits downtown San Francisco, but no stations closed 

More action: About 30 people participated in the fifth consecutive Monday protest against BART. - Mike Koozmin/The Examiner - MIKE KOOZMIN/THE EXAMINER
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  • More action: About 30 people participated in the fifth consecutive Monday protest against BART.Mike Koozmin/The Examiner

Demonstrators zig-zagged the streets of downtown San Francisco entering and exiting BART stations for more than three hours Monday in order to protest police brutality, but the group did not disrupt transit service or street traffic.

During the fifth consecutive Monday protest, which was loosely organized by the online hacker group Anonymous, some 30 people marched around The City in what appeared to be an unorganized effort to confuse police.

Starting around 5 p.m., protesters entered and exited the Civic Center and Powell Street BART stations and walked along Market Street, but also demonstrated in front of City Hall and along Mission Street. They chanted slogans such as, “We are all Oscar Grant; we are all Charles Hill,” in reference to two BART police-involved shooting deaths.

Monday’s protest was a stark contrast to previous demonstrations, such as last Thursday’s in which people were corralled after 20 minutes in the Powell Street station and as many as 30, including credentialed journalists, were arrested.

This time, there were no arrests and no service disruptions.

Protesters never entered the BART platforms Monday, even though Anonymous had posted on its Twitter feed for participants to start on the platforms holding signs explaining why they were there. Few signs were seen, and those that were made statements such as “Disband BART cops” and “Stop killing the poor.”

Kerigan Logan, 54, of San Francisco, who held a graphic stop sign with an image of a police officer beating a civilian, said he is scared of the police state the country is becoming.

“The police are not taught how to get along with people,” he said. “They are taught to control people.”

Kamdib Tochukwu, though, disagreed. The San Francisco resident said he was just trying to get home when the group entered the Civic Center station for the third time.

“These people are bad for America,” Tochukwu said. Police “are volunteers. They take an oath before the American flag to protect and serve each of us 365 days a year. [The protesters] are disrespecting [the police].”

Anonymous has called for another protest next Monday.

The group became involved in the protests when BART management decided to shut down cellphone service to disrupt a planned July demonstration.

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