BART police data shows racial disparity in use-of-force cases

More than half of the people who BART police used force on in 2017 were black men, according to a report presented to a citizen review commission Monday.

Of the 340 people involved in the 305 times in 2017 where BART police used force, 173 were black men, and 50 were black women. African-Americans make up about 12 percent of BART ridership, according to the most recently available data from 2015.

The report comes in the wake of the death of 28-year-old Shaleem Tindle, who was shot to death by a BART police officer in January near the West Oakland station. Body camera footage shows Tindle was shot with his back turned to Officer Joseph Mateu; it’s unclear if Tindle was wielding a gun when he was shot, as police have insisted.

BART police provide an annual use-of-force report to the review…

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