(Bay City News) A small but vocal group of speakers came to a BART committee meeting today to complain about a recent confrontation at San Francisco's Civic Center station in which BART police shot and killed a knife-wielding man.
Anne Weills, an Oakland attorney, told BART's Police Review Committee that she thinks the fatal shooting of 45-year-old Charles Hill at the Civic Center station on July 3 was "an atrocity."
"This man did not have to die," she said.
She alleged that Hill was mentally ill and should have been treated more carefully. She said BART police officers should be better trained for such situations.
BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey said he works with a national organization on mental illness to make sure his officers are trained to deal with the mentally ill.