The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system in Northern California is refusing to release video surveillance of crimes committed on their trains because they don’t want to create “negative racial perceptions,” Daily Caller reports.
CBS Local reports that dozens of teenagers staged large-scale robberies and assaults on BART trains in San Francisco and Oakland in April in June.
One such incident saw “forty to sixty” teens board a train and rob seven passengers and assault two.
Last month, four teens brutally assaulted and robbed a passenger.
Just two days later, “about a dozen” teens robbed a woman on the train.
BART has refused to release surveillance footage in any of the incidents.
Debora Allen, of the BART Board of Directors, told CBS that they will not release the videos because they “would create a high level of racially insensitive commentary toward the district” and “create a racial bias in the riders against minorities on the trains.”
More, via Daily Caller:
It is understood that the teenagers involved in all three incidents were racial minorities.
An internal memo acquired by CBS Local, BART Assistant General Manager Kerry Hamill stated that the organization had no intention of releasing a press release on the June 30 theft because it was a “petty crime” that would make the transit system appear “crime ridden” to the public and “unfairly affect and characterize riders of color, leading to sweeping generalizations in media reports.”
Allen quizzed Hamill on the memo as to what role skin color had in the decision to withhold the surveillance videos. Hamill responded that if BART were to release news media with videos of crimes that involve minority suspects, “we would certainly face questions as to why we were sensationalizing relatively minor crimes and perpetuating false stereotypes in the process.”