Usually when crimes occur and are caught on camera, footage is released to the public to help identify the perpetrators, but that's not the case with Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) in San Francisco.
BART is not releasing footage of at least three robberies involving groups of teenagers.
KPIX in San Francisco reports the reason why BART authorities are not releasing the footage is because they don't want to create stereotypes or create racial bias toward minorities, according to Debora Allen, a member of the BART Board of Directors:
“To release these videos would create a high level of racially insensitive commentary toward the district and in addition it would create a racial bias in the riders against minorities on the trains.”
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In a memo to BART directors, BART officials said they won’t even do a press release on a theft that occurred on June 30 because it was a “petty crime” and would make the transit system look “crime ridden.”
This comes after BART was also criticized for getting rid of detailed information logs on crimes that happen on the transit system in favor of a website that provided little information. SFGate reports that after weeks of being criticized for the move, BART reinstalled the crime logs.
It just so happened BART replaced the poorly made website a day after it released data showing a dramatic increase in sex crimes over the first six months of the year.
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