BART turns to U.S. attorney general for help

March 13, 2009 11:52:11 AM PDT
The president of the Bay Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors has sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, asking for help investigating whether there is a pattern of civil rights violations within the BART Police Department.

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The request comes after the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Oscar Grant by a BART police officer early New Year's Day.

Johnnes Mehersle is now facing a murder charge in the case. He resigned from the force shortly after the shooting.

Numerous protests have been held by community groups, accusing BART police of racism.

The BART board is now investigating department policies, tactics and use of force.

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