Former Muni top cop says fare-evasion enforcement is in line with anti-­terrorism efforts


The Police Department’s former top transit cop has said that fare evasion enforcement is in line with the intent of federal funding aimed at antiterrorism tactics. - MIKE KOOZMIN/S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTO

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Police believe it is good policy for anti-terrorism enforcement to include patrolling public transit for fare evaders, according to the department’s former top transit officer.

Last week, The San Francisco Examiner reported that the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni, uses funding from federal anti­-terrorism grants to pay for fare evasion enforcement, via a group called the Muni Task Force.

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Statement on recent FBI visits and questioning of political activists

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From Bay Area Committee to Resist Political Repression

Originally Posted in IndyBay

July 2nd

Over the past few weeks, more than a dozen political activists in New York, Chicago, and the San Francisco Bay Area have been visited by FBI, US Marshals, and Joint Terrorist Task Force (JTTF) agents. In some cases the agents have shown a more than 30-year-old wanted poster of Donna Borup, who was arrested with others during a 1981 anti-Apartheid demonstration at JFK International Airport. Borup was charged with “riot” and “assault on a police officer,” but did not appear for a 1982 federal trial in New York.

Because the government considers her a fugitive, there is no statute of limitations on her indictment or pursuit. But the government is using these minor decades-old charges to once again equate political resistance with terrorism. Continue reading