Hackers’ Group ‘Anonymous’ Protests BART Over Cell Phone Block

San Francisco’s mass transit system prepared for renewed protests Monday, a day after hackers angry over blocked cell phone service at some transit stations broke into a website and posted contact information for more than 2,000 customers.

BART blocked cell phone service in a preemptive strike to disrupt an effort using social media services to organize a protest against the July 2011 shooting of a 45-year-old man with a knife by BART police. The wireless service in BART’s underground stations is provided by AT&T and Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. A security video shows the knife tossed at the BART police officer.

Video captured by the security camera on the platform of Civic Center Station immediately before, during and immediately after the officer involved shooting the night of July 3, 2011. The video has been enhanced by a professional technician. The blue circle highlights a knife that was recovered as evidence.

Charles Hill was shot and killed on July 3, 2011 after Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officers responded to complaints about a drunk man at a station in the city of San Francisco. Protesters claim to seek justice for Charles Hill, a homeless man, and have established a website “no justice, no bart” that explains the killing of Charles Hill, mentions five other BART police-involved shootings, claims BART accountability and integrity problems, and compares the record of police killings to the busier transit police of New York City.

A previous protest on July 11, 2011 delayed trains for hours during the evening commute.