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BART proposes increased security and surveillance after killings

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BART riders are on edge after a spate of killings on the system, including the brutal stabbing of 18-year-old Nia Wilson. In the wake of the violence, the transit agency announced plans for a $28 million dollar security package. That proposal includes a ban on panhandling, a fierce crackdown on fare evasion, and a ramped up surveillance system. KALW’s Hana Baba sat down with Justice Reporter Holly J. McDede for details on why this plan has privacy and civil liberty advocates sounding the alarm.

"At Lake Merritt station BART is already testing software that can, without any humans involved, identify suspicious packages or alert police when someone jumps a turnstile without paying."