bartpolice_generic.jpgBART directors will hold a special meeting today to discuss the temporary interruption of cellphone service at some stations on Aug. 11.

BART officials said they halted cellphone service at selected stations in San Francisco that day because they had credible information that a protest would disrupt service.

The protest was expected to be one of a series of demonstrations over the shooting death of Charles Hill, a transient man, at the hands of a BART police officer at the Civic Center station in San Francisco the night of July 3.

But critics of BART’s move allege that the transit agency’s move infringed on passengers’ free speech rights.

A protest on Monday night temporarily shut down two San Francisco stations and resulted in about 40 people being arrested.

The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. at the BART Board Room on the third floor of the Kaiser Center at 344 20th St. in Oakland.

Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News

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