by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
On Sunday around 9:30 p.m., a man was shot and killed by San Francisco police on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station platform. Transit officials say that police were called to the scene to handle a “wobbly drunk.” The Associated Press reports that “two transit officers arrived and then reported shooting a man in the torso. He died about an hour later at the hospital.”
Crime scene investigators say that there were knives and broken glass on the scene. It is reported that one BART officer had cuts and bruises on one of his arms. Both officers in question are now on administrative leave. Police Chief Kenton Rainey says that “from what [he] know[s] at this point,” he is “comfortable” with how his officers conducted themselves.
This incident, however, is not helping the already marred image of BART. According to the Associated Press, “the transit agency has been battling an image problem after a white officer fatally shot an unarmed black passenger on New Year’s Day 2009 at a station in Oakland, a killing that sparked widespread debate and prompted racial unrest in that city.”
The identity of the victim and the officers in the Sunday shooting have not been revealed. However, BART officials have stated that the dead man is white while the officers who were involved are white and Asian.
Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.