Bay Area Rapid Transit Service (BART) in San Francisco is refusing to release video footage of crimes involving minority youths, claiming doing so would cause “racial bias and stereotyping.”They’re opting to forego bringing criminals to justice — and making customers feel safe — for the sake of political correctness.
According to the Daily Wire:In three months time, at least three robberies have transpired at the San Francisco station by groups of teenagers. One such attack, on April 22, was committed by some 40-60 teens, reports KPXI-TV.
“I think people are genuinely concerned — they are fearful about the stories that have come out about the recent attacks, the assaults, the thefts,” explained a member of the BART board of directors, Debora Allen.
Yet, authorities are refusing to release footage of the crimes.So, when Allen pressed for the rationale behind withholding the important evidence from the public, she was eventually told the release of the videos “would create a racial bias in the riders against minorities on the trains.”
In an email, Allen inquired: “I don’t understand what role the color of one’s skin plays in this issue [of whether to divulge information]. Can you explain?”
“If we were to regularly feed the news media video of crimes on our system that involve minority suspects, particularly when they are minors, we would certainly face questions as to why we were sensationalizing relatively minor crimes and perpetuating false stereotypes in the process,” responded BART Assistant General Manager Kerry Hamill.Apparently, political correctness has become more important than catching bad guys and ensuring — and assuring — people on the train are safe and secure.
Imagine how much more empowered criminals will be now, knowing the surveillance footage isn’t going to be used against them so long as they aren’t white.
Common sense is sorely needed here.[Note: This article was written by Steve Parker]