BART reopens 4 San Francisco stations shut down amid protest
Transit agency officials in San Francisco reopened four downtown BART stations Monday night that had been shut down amid a protest against alleged brutality by transit agency police.
The Civic Center, Montgomery, Powell Street and Embarcadero stations were open for arriving and exiting passengers, BART officials said.
The protest, which began after 5 p.m. at the busy Civic Center Station, forced officials to turn away rush-hour commuters as police and protesters confronted each other.
Commuters on Twitter had complained that the transit agency was not providing sufficient updates during the protest. On its website, BART had warned that "protests may disrupt service."
The demonstration was sparked in part by the shootings of Charles Blair Hill and Oscar Grant by BART police. Protesters were also angered that the agency cut underground cellular phone service for three hours last week in an effort to quell another protest over alleged BART Police brutality.
At one point, as protesters moved east from the Civic Center Station, police shut down Market Street in the downtown area.
-- Maria L. La Ganga in San Francisco
Photo: Commuters at Montgomery Street BART station before it reopend. Credit: Maria L. La Ganga/Los Angeles Times.