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July 20, 2010 > Shooting brings more oversight of BART police

Shooting brings more oversight of BART police

Submitted By AP Wire Service

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP), Jul 16 - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a law increasing oversight of police officers who work for the San Francisco Bay Area's rapid transit system.

The bill signed by the governor Thursday night came in response to the 2009 fatal shooting of an unarmed Bay Area Rapid Transit passenger by officer Johannes Mehserle. A jury convicted Mehserle this month of involuntary manslaughter in Oscar Grant's death.

The legislation takes effect in January and establishes an independent auditor that would investigate complaints against BART officers. It also creates a citizen's commission to oversee the transit agency. Both the auditor and the 11 commissioners would be appointed by the BART board of directors.

BART spokesman Linton Johnson says the board wanted to set up an independent police monitoring system after Grant's shooting but needed state approval to do so.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,
http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle

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