OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Transit agencies announced the closure of West Oakland BART Station at around 6:15 p.m. Thursday evening. Trains did not stop at the station due to police activity; officers were overseeing a candle-lit vigil, which was being held for the death anniversary of Sahleem Tindle.
Tindle’s family, led by his mother Yolanda Banks Reed, set up tables and had signs honoring him. Many supporters of the family arrived at West Oakland BART, as well as protesters against police brutality.
BART officials said protesters were blocking the fare gates and it had become an unsafe situation for passengers.
Tindle was fatally shot by a BART police officer on Jan. 3, 2018, across the street from the West Oakland Station.
West Oakland BART was reopened at around 7:15 p.m., according to a BART service advisory. Trains began stopping as usual.
Cat Brooks, who attended the protest, said the gathering took place to continue a demand for justice for Tindle because protesters believe charges should be filed against the police officer who shot Tindle and prosecutors believe otherwise.
“The demand for justice is not over,” Brooks said. Protesters marched to the 1400 block of Seventh Street in Oakland, across from the West Oakland BART station, where Officer Joseph Mateu shot
Tindle three times in the back while Tindle was allegedly struggling over control of a gun with another man.
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