Bay Area, California
On the evening of July 3, 2011, a houseless man by the name of Charles Blair Hill got off a BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) train at San Francisco’s Civic Center station and was confronted by two BART police officers; Myron Lee and James Cromwell. Less than a minute later, Charles Hill was laying on the floor dead, shot multiple times by Officer James Cromwell.
As news of the story spread, Bay Area-based activists with “No Justice, No BART!“– a group created in response to the murder of Oscar Grant two years earlier–started meeting to respond to yet another senseless police murder.
For weeks in a row, demonstrators stopped trains with their bodies, marched up and down Market street in downtown San Francisco and brought public transportation to a halt.
Panicked BART administrators, BART police and the Department of Homeland Security scrambled to squash the demonstrations: they hatched an ill-fated plan to cut off cell phones and communications in BART stations so
demonstrators could not communicate with one another. Little did they know that no one was even gathering that day. This ridiculous plan only angered local media and caught the attention of the international press, consequently drawing in the hacker group ” Anonymous.” Soon, a wide array of demonstrators outside the typical anti-police/anti-police brutality Bay Area circles were mobilizing.
This was not the only trick that BART and its police force had thought up.
Early on in these demonstrations, two men wearing masks unfamiliar to long-time organizers, were spotted and tailed during the demonstrations by a few protesters. The men mostly kept to themselves and didn’t interact with the angry crowds who showed up week after week, but suspicions alone were not enough proof to publicly call-out the pair and shame them out of the protests.
On the night of August 22, a rag tag group of demonstrators played cat-and-mouse around San Francisco with a tired and angry platoon of riot police in tow. An unknown voice from the crowd shouted out a call to storm City Hall. Moments before this, one of the suspected undercover cops was seen texting –something he had been spotted doing throughout the day. The march was eventually kettled and attacked at Larkin and Grove Streets near the library a block away from City Hall. The suspicion was that the masked stranger had set it up.
While lined up against the wall of the library, waiting to be handcuffed and arrested, the two suspected undercover cops whispered back and forth to each other about their need to call “Uncle.” Shortly after, the police grabbed one of the two, so that he could be handcuffed and placed in the paddy wagon. But first, he was unmasked by San Francisco Police. He immediately leaned out and whispered to the arresting police before being whisked away, out of sight.
[ BAI NOTE: Watch local media here. skip to 1:40 to see SFPD unmask an undercover cop]
The rest of the arrestees were taken to 850 Bryant. The two masked men were nowhere in sight.
For nearly a year, the two seemed to have disappeared from demonstrations before being spotted again–this time in downtown Oakland during May Day 2012. The men were both dressed the same and wearing masks. The suspicion of Bay Area organizers led them to believe the two were some type of federal officers (due to the fact they were in two different cities). However, one of the men was spotted again a few weeks ago by an Oakland-based anti-police organizer at Hayward
BART station. This time one of the previously masked men was in full police uniform and harassing a person of color.
The organizer first went to film the pig because he was harassing a man for no reason, but after recognizing him from demonstrations and from the video of his SFPD unmasking, he began to confront the BART pig, which is now known as Officer Christopher Vogan.
The organizer approached the pig while snapping photos of him with a cell phone camera and shouting “Hey! I know you! I been looking for your punk ass for three years!” The officer looked back in confusion, bumbling his words.
Without letting the pig speak, the organizer continued, “You ever do undercover work?! You liked to wear masks Motherf**ker?!” and ending with”I gotchu now Motherf**ker! You’re gonna be all over the internet in a few days! hahahaha” before taking off and leaving the BART pig speechless, embarrassed and exposed.
[BAI NOTE: After a little digging BAI was able to find a BART website article highlighting Mr. Vogan which can be viewed here: From waiting tables to wearing tutus, BART Police volunteer for Special Olympics
You can see Mr. Vogan’s salary here
And you can check Anarcho-Piggy Christopher Vogan on Facebook : Here ]
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