STATEMENT OF CLARITY ON POLICE COMMISSIONER SPEAKING AT OSCAR GRANT VIGIL
Although we stand in total support and solidarity with the Oscar Foundation, Wanda Johnson and the Grant family, we stand in strong opposition to ANY representative from the BART Police Department being given a platform to propagate a perspective that they are in compliance and/or in support of the people's interests.
It is our position is that police departments cannot be reformed. They serve as the military arm of the white supremacist, predatory apparatus, in this case The Bay Area Rapid Transit Agency.
We acknowledge that we can & must engage in the reform arena in order to get relief, or what the Panther Party called, survival programs. BART Police Department and every other policing agency in the United States is, and will always be, the military arm of the ruling elite. This has been & remains our position, we stand in solidarity with the families and disenfranchised masses that are being terrorized by police agencies in Oakland, San Francisco, Chicago & across the U.S.
* An earlier version of this article stated it was an OPD officer who spoke. This has been corrected to reflect that it was the Chief of BART Police who spoke. We apologize for any confusion.