SF Police Chief Won't Back Down From Comments on BART Protests

By: Brian Shields - Thu, 25 Aug 2011 16:39:05 -0800

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) -- San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr isn't backing down from public comments that a possible protest involving BART will be "different next Monday."

The comments in the San Francisco Chronicle prompted a strong response from a web site purporting to represent the hacker group "Anonymous."

The site says the group didn't know who the chief was until recently.

"Now you have our attention," The OpBART blogger writes.  "We do not appreciate threats nor do we take well to them, especially from a chief of police who has a very interesting background himself.  May we remind you of 2003?  Allegedly conspiring to obstruct the investigation into the infamous Fajitagate affair, in which three off-duty cops allegedly beat up two men for their Mexican takeout.  Or maybe we should ask Chief Heather Fong why she had to reprimanded you in 2009."

In response San Francisco police put out their own statement.

"As Chief Suhr has stated this is NOT a threat," the department's written statement reads.  "We as a department will continue to facilitate first amendment rights to protest. Our goal is to provide a safe environment for everyone. While the demonstrators have the right to protest, we will continue to facilitate it to an extent where it does not infringe the rights of others. We as a law enforcement agency had a duty to protect the constitutional rights of all."

The protesters say they will return to BART platforms in Downtown San Francisco every Monday afternoon until their list of demands is met.  Those include the firing of the BART spokesman and police chief, the disarming of the BART police force, an apology for shutting down cell service in the face of another possible protest, and a new investigation into the shooting death of a passenger who alleged slashed an officer with a knife.

Stay tuned to KRON 4 and KRON4.com for the latest on this developing story.

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