Transit police arrest San Francisco protesters
San Francisco police arrested four more during the march above ground.
The transit agency cut wireless service that day after learning organizers of a protest of the transient’s shooting death were planning on issuing last-minute instructions through social networks and text messaging designed to disrupt the rush-hour commute.
The Aug. 11 protest failed to materialize after the BART tactic was implemented, and the commute went smoothly. But the transit agency drew worldwide criticism and is now at the center of a heated debate over free speech, social networks and public safety.
“I don’t even own a cellphone, but what BART did was wrong,” said David Kubrin, 72, of San Francisco. “We are seeing elements of a police state more and more every day.”