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BART Police Release Intense Shooting Video

BART Police Release Intense Shooting Video

This frame grab from a BART closed circuit television camera at the Civic Center station, shows a BART Police Officer shooting Charles Blair Hill (off camera) on Sunday, July 3, 2011.

San Jose Mercury News via YellowBrix

July 22, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO – A dramatic video released Thursday shows a BART police officer drawing his gun and firing the shots that killed a knife-wielding homeless man July 3 at San Francisco’s Civic Center station.

The limited-angle video from a fixed BART security camera did not show the homeless man, Charles Hill, but it shows what officials say is his knife flying past the police officer and then bouncing off a BART train.

The flash of the officer’s gun can be seen at almost the same time as the knife whizzes by — possibly thrown by the homeless man.

Even with the limited view from the video, the only one to capture the 9:45 p.m. shooting, BART police Chief Kenton Rainey said he believes the footage is consistent with the officer’s statement that he felt threatened by Hill coming at him with a knife. The public has raised questions about the shooting and whether officers, who are equipped with Tasers, used excessive force.

Rainey said the officer fired three times after the 45-year-old Hill “raised his arm with a knife in an aggressive manner” and ignored a command to drop the weapon.

In a news conference at the agency’s headquarters in Oakland, interim BART General Manager Sherwood Wakeman said the transit district released the video in keeping with its commitment to transparency in officer-involved shooting investigations.

“It’s important to make this video available in a timely manner,” Wakeman said.

The San Francisco Police Department, he lead agency in the shooting investigation, had asked BART not to release the video until all witnesses at the station platform that night were interviewed.

With that now done, SFPD authorized the release of the 80-second video Wednesday.

BART officials said SFPD hasn’t set a timetable to conclude its investigation into the shooting, but plan to issue a progress report within 45 days.

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  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 3 years ago


    lol ouch that must have hurt

  • Idf_soldier_and_kittyimage2_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    Good shoot. And good form by the officer. Well-trained! SF is a tough city to work in.

  • Segway-police-unit-china_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Bart police are the same ones that killed Oscar Grant, a black man with a gun while he was face down with his hands cuffed behind his back. I'm glad that this video got out to show that this Bart officer was at least defending him self against a knife when he shot the homeless man who is WHITE. This at least takes some of the stigma away. This officer had every right to end this criminal's life.

  • The_


    about 3 years ago


    Good call officer, Glad to see another brother make it home safe after another challenging call. You made the right choice no matter what anybody tells you. BUMP!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    The officer made the correct choice. I know I would have done the same if I was in his position.

  • 1979_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Right choice of weapon deployment by the Officer and a justified shooting. The suspect is DRT and nobody else injured. Looks good to me from any angle.

  • American_flag_eagle_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Always bring Deadly Physical Force when presented with Deadly Physical Force....Bring a knife, I bring a gun...Great Job by Officer.

  • Me_last_wk_max50


    about 3 years ago


    10-8 Handled by Officer. Great job

  • 21_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Great job by the Officer

  • Picture_003_max50


    about 3 years ago


    He made the right decision. Good job.

  • N17815196_33178089_7928_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Perfect example of being prepared at all times to protect innocent people from those who would do them harm. There is no such thing as a routine call/stop/interaction. Calm, quick thinking and reaction by the officer led to the right decision under pressure.

  • Barnette_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Bump more for the good guys!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    The sheep will always complain about the sheep dog... Until the wolf pounds on the door. God bless this officer for being one of the sheep dogs who protect our freedom every day. I can't imagine having to make the decision to take a life, knowing that you will be "arm-chair quarterbacked" by the whole world. Looks like he made the right decision here. Wonder if everyone bad mouthing him would be happier if he had left his weapon holstered and just gotten stabbed to death... God bless this man and his family as they endure the judgement of the ignorant public.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    classic case of bringing a knife to a GUN FIGHT!

  • Jojo_max50


    about 3 years ago


    You do not use a non-leathal weapon (taser) against a leathal weapon (knife). When will the "civilians" realize and understand this.

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