This Seems Kind Of Wrong of the Day: Cell phone service was temporarily suspended in several Bay Area Rapid Transit stations to prevent protesters from communicating with each other, according to BART police Lt. Andy Alkire.
Word that members of “No Justice No BART” would be protesting the shooting death of Charles Hill by a BART police officer reached BART’s media relations department, which asked wireless providers to shut off service at four downtown San Francisco stations to prevent “disruptive activities.” A similar protest on July 11th delayed trains for hours during the evening commute.
“Paid areas of BART stations are reserved for ticketed passengers who are boarding, exiting or waiting for BART cars and trains, or for authorized BART personnel,” BART said in a statement explaining their actions. “No person shall conduct or participate in assemblies or demonstrations or engage in other expressive activities in the paid areas of BART stations, including BART cars and trains and BART station platforms.”
Alkire called the service disruption “a great tool to utilize for this specific purpose.”
Charles Hill, a heavily intoxicated 45-year-old transient, was shot and killed by a BART police officer who claimed Hill was threatening him with knives. According to witness testimony, Hill was not running or lunging as the two officers who intercepted him reported.
CCTV footage released by BART does not appear to verify either version of the story.
This Seems Kind Of Wrong of the Day: Raymond Johnson, one of the 2,140 men who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, was recently denied coverage through a Medicaid program for breast cancer prevention and treatment because he doesn’t meet the requirement of being a woman between the ages of 18 and 64.
The 26-year-old South Carolinian is currently paying out of pocket for his chemotherapy sessions, which cost $10,000 a pop. “Cancer doesn’t discriminate, so this program shouldn’t discriminate,” Johnson is quoted as saying.
A petition to revise the program’s policy has been launched on Change.org.
What is with society not believing that men have breast tissue? Men have breasts, women have breasts, both should be candidates for assistance for BREAST FUCKING CANCER. Gatdammit!