BART police released a second video from security cameras operating during a July 3 officer-involved shooting late Friday, but said it held no “evidentiary value.”
The video, taken from a camera at the Civic Center/UN Plaza BART station, shows an area approximately 600 feet away from the fatal shooting of Charles Hill, 45, and on the opposite platform. No sign of the shooting can be seen in the footage.
BART police Chief Kenton Rainey released the tape Friday after initially saying there was no other video available from the shooting.
“I was misinformed,” Rainey said Friday evening. “In the interest of transparency, I’m ordering the immediate release of the video, which the public can view on BARTtv.”
Rainey said the video was turned over to the San Francisco Police Department immediately after the shooting and that BART’s independent auditor also has a copy.
A video from another security camera released on Thursday does not show Hill, as it shows only part of the platform, but it shows what police say are a bottle and a knife being thrown at the officers.
The two officers were called to the station around 9:45 p.m. on July 3 after BART received reports that Hill was carrying an open bottle of alcohol and was wobbling on the platform.
Hill was shot three times, allegedly after throwing a knife and bottle at the officers. A second knife was also found on the platform and BART police believe Hill was armed with that knife as well, Rainey said.
Investigations into the incident are being conducted by the San Francisco Police, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, the BART Police Department’s internal affairs unit and BART Independent Police Auditor Mark Smith.
Sara Gaiser, Bay City News