Charles Hill Identified as Man Shot by BART Cops

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Medical authorities say Charles Hill, 45, was the man who was shot to death over the weekend by BART police.

Hill "had no fixed address," according to the San Francisco Medical Examiner's Office. BART police shot Hill at the Civic Center BART station after getting calls about an apparently drunk man wobbling throughout the station.

A "confrontation" occurred between the officers and Hill, which led to the fatal shooting, according to BART.

While BART Chief Kenton Rainey has defended the shooting, saying Hill was armed with a knife and using his alcohol bottle as a weapon, witnesses have told reporters a much different story.

The Bay Citizen reported yesterday that a witness told the newspaper that Hill, who was wearing a tie-dyed T-shirt and army fatigues, wasn't running or "lunging" at the cops. In other words, the shooting didn't seem justified. Rainey said that the officer did have a Taser, but chose not to use it for reasons he cannot yet explain. However, he has said he feels "comfortable" with the way the officers reacted.

BART Deputy Police Chief Daniel Hartwig told reporters last night that the agency might release video surveillance of the shooting as long as it doesn't interfere with the investigation.

Both officers have been placed on administrative leave while the agency and the District Attorney's Office investigates.

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Nelsonman0209
Nelsonman0209

I think what they did was justified, I was almost robbed on the muni bus just this week by 2 black guys with knifes. I had to call 911 and they showed up with guns blazing. If i had gotten stabbed or robbed by a black guy then nobody would have cared. But if that cop had shot this guy ,then there would have been a outcry. You ppl dont know the real world. He shouldnt have even had a knife or been drunk like that. Consequences of life.

Brian Moore
Brian Moore

I see no difference in color!! This is an unjustified killing and we all should share the same level of outrage!!  I feel the same pain as if one of my own brothers/sisters we killed, the sad thing is that some of us still puts race before humanity. 

Guest
Guest

"WE DON'T HAVE MENTAL HEALTH CARE OR EVEN SHELTERS"

Say what?...We have both of those.

Flemingrandolph
Flemingrandolph

"Tie-dyed  T-shirt and army fatigues"! ? Call the 'fashion police' , instead , next time.

hoost
hoost

Let's hope to see the footage and evaluate all the evidence before we jump to conclusions and get all riled up.

Elizabethfrantes
Elizabethfrantes

BART got off lucky.  At least the vic was white and hasn't got a "family" who will sue the smeg out of 'em. 

Brian Moore
Brian Moore

I see no difference in color!! This is an unjustified killing and we all should share the same level of outrage!!  I feel the same pain as if one of my own brothers/sisters we killed, the sad thing is that some of us still puts race before humanity. 

Elizabethfrantes
Elizabethfrantes

This was an unjustified shooting.  If BART cops can't handle being around someone who's drunk, they need to find another job . .. most of us civilians in the big city have figured out how to deal with people who are reality challenged and or chemically imbalanced.  Sheesh.  First Alameda firefighters watch a suicidal man die . ..  imagine his agony when he realized he was right no one cared . .. may those folks who watched have similar ends . .. they want to ban trains and put up a suicide net on the bridge BUT WE DON'T HAVE MENTAL HEALTH CARE OR EVEN SHELTERS . ..  this society has had it.  BART should dump their cops . .. there are a lot of good cops who've been laid off and I'd feel safer if trigger happy cowboy cops did something useful ... far away from here!

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