OAKLAND (CBS SF)— BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey said Wednesday that he has ordered an internal review of how his department responded to an incident at a San Francisco station last month in which a man stripped naked and harassed people.
“If there were any procedural failings we will correct them, and if there were performance issues with our officers we will address them,” Rainey said.
He said he expects a preliminary report on the May 10 incident at the 16th Street/Mission station to be presented at BART’s Citizen Review Board meeting next week.
Rainey also announced Wedneday that retired police chief Patrick Oliver will conduct an assessment of reforms BART police have made since unarmed passenger Oscar Grant III was fatally shot by former Officer Johannes Mehserle at the Fruitvale station in Oakland on Jan. 1, 2009.
He said he asked Oliver, who formerly headed four police departments in Ohio, to assess BART’s reform efforts because he was the lead evaluator in a review that the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, or NOBLE, conducted after Grant was killed.
Oakland Attorney John Burris, who represented the Grant family, said he thinks hiring Oliver is a step in the right direction.
“I think its good move. It’s certainly appropriate for BART to hire Mr. Oliver for purposes of evaluating the successfulness of the reforms,” he said. “For me, I think it’s appropriate for this police agency—and all agencies—to go beyond themselves and to assess on whether or not they are doing things correctly.”