BART directors cut funding for cops, after a director praises Robert E. Lee
by Nicole Yelich
Jun 26, 2020
The BART board of directors approved a $2.42 billion budget for the next fiscal year that includes cuts $2M earmarked for armed police officers, redirecting funds to adding 10 unarmed ambassadors to address calls about homelessness and drug use.

Director John McPartland (yeah, we’ve never heard of him either) from the southern East Bay, stepped in it as he praised confederate general Robert E. Lee for being currently villainized when he was “simply doing his job.” Fellow directors decried him for infusing racist rhetoric into the transit agency that already struggles with racial inequities throughout the system.