An auditor says the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit’s police department has made significant progress in meeting reforms proposed after the 2009 fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white transit officer.
Patrick Oliver, of the Ohio-based National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, told the BART board on Thursday that BART police have increased officer training and improved reporting on incidents involving the use of force in the wake of Oscar Grant’s shooting death.
Oliver recommended those and other reforms following a report that criticized the department’s handling of Grant’s shooting. Grant was shot by former officer Johannes Mehserle on an Oakland train station platform on New Year’s Day 2009.
BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey praised Oliver’s report, but said more work needs to be done.