- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A San Francisco transit board has voted in favor of urging prosecutors to uphold charges against 14 activists accused of blocking rail service late last year.

The Oakland Tribune reports (https://bayareane.ws/1Mh6JO3) the Bay Area Rapid Transit voted 5 to 4 Thursday against seeking leniency for the defendants.

Fourteen people stand accused of halting BART service by chaining themselves to trains and each other at the West Oakland station to protest the killings of unarmed black men by white police officers in Missouri and New York.

The board also decided to drop efforts to seek $5,000 from each protester in restitution.

BART estimates it lost that amount in fare money on Nov. 29 because of reduced business during three hours of disrupted service.

A judge has yet to rule on a motion by the defense to dismiss charges.

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Information from: The Oakland Tribune, https://www.oaklandtribune.com

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Information from: The Oakland Tribune, https://www.oaklandtribune.com

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