BART Passenger Sues Police for Alleged Beating Over Ringtone

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​A BART passenger is suing the transit agency and several of its officers, accusing them of beating and arresting him after he said he complied with a police order to stop listening to a musical ringtone on his phone.

You have to wonder -- how annoying was that ringtone?

The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco court on Monday by attorney John L. Burris, claims that Jason Wong was at the West Oakland BART station on June 9, 2010, when a female BART officer identified only as W. Sanchez asked him to turn the volume down on his phone -- and then asked him to completely turn the sound off.

Wong says that although he obeyed both requests, Sanchez again approached him after he exited the station and beat him with her baton, according to the lawsuit.

At that point, Wong tried to flee the scene, "but was ultimately detained and/or arrested at gunpoint a short time later."

At least 10 more officers are also being sued for participating in the incident, according to the claim.

The lawsuit further alleges that the officers were motivated by racial prejudice. Wong is "readily recognizable as Asian American," but the races of the officers were unspecified.

Wong is seeking damages, punitive damages, and injunctive relief.

Burris's office was unavailable for comment. SF Weekly also called BART spokesman Linton Johnson, who said he was not prepared to respond at the time.

BART police are already in the spotlight after the July 3 shooting of Charles Hill, a transient who appeared to be wobbling around the Civic Center station drunk. Police say he was armed with knives and used a bottle as a weapon. They shot and killed him on the train platform.

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Cal Fire News
Cal Fire News

BART needs a new board, and BART police should be disbanded and half of their 50 million dollar police budget could be given to counties for station patrols the rest given back to taxpayers...

OfficerSanchezCanIBeNext
OfficerSanchezCanIBeNext

i dunno, i kind-a wish i was in his place. This is Officer Sanchez...She's pretty hot, eh?(remove the spaces and change the DOT)

ht tp: // cryptome DOT org / info / cell-protest / pict108  .  jpg

robi raw
robi raw

i need to know how to sue bart for violently attacking me for trying to get into my own car. i am hurt and seeing doctor

Shaggy
Shaggy

What was his ringtone? "Fuck Tha Police?"

bluecanary1
bluecanary1

This is what I assumed as soon as I saw the headline.

CAMSHEEL
CAMSHEEL

Wow he was asked to turn off cell phone did it then left why did they feel the need to beat him he did nothing wrong Must be more to the story that we are not being told.

gstanski
gstanski

Somewhat tangential to the story, but I think just as interesting.  I don't know if people realize or care about it, but selling ringtones is a very expensive thing for the sellers, because they get charged very high fees when accepting credit cards on their websites.  I know that there are other ways to get paid on your website as well, but the problem is that none of them is cheap when you are selling something that is so low in value.  http://blog.unibulmerchantserv...

Badtastic
Badtastic

Racial prejuice? San Francisco is as asian-thick as Hong Kong. That doesn't even make sense. Racist cops would have a busy, busy day.

Jake_V
Jake_V

BART sucks.  Their record shows that.  San Francisco is a fucking joke, their record (banning circumcision, pet taxes) shows that.

I tend to side with the little man here.  I mean BART has employed officers whom have outright murdered people before...

I am open to living a lot of Places, but SF is the only place I can say for sure I would never reside in.

bluecanary1
bluecanary1

"San Francisco" had nothing to do with that circumscision ballot measure. That was just some random group.

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Burris should really add another title besides being an attorney: Ambulance Chaser.  Does he hang around at morgues in between press conferences?

randyfleming
randyfleming

"Don't cha' hate it when that happens?"              Beetlejuice

Akit
Akit

I feel the need to call BS on this one.  When you get Burris involved, there's that feeling there's some other motive to it.

dantsea
dantsea

I find it hard to believe that 10+ BART cops vs one man didn't garner a single iPhone video. Shenanigans seem likely.

njudah
njudah

I agree. Burris represents a lot of jerk-asses. 

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