BART Braces for New Years

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BART officials really don't want a repeat of last year's New Years Eve tragedy, when BART cop Johannes Mehserle fatally shot Hayward resident Oscar Grant in the back. To avoid the chaos and arguments that certainly didn't help during that incident, they're doubling their usual police patrols, changing up the schedule to keep riders from crowding onto delayed trains, and deploying non-police employees in special vests, whose job will be to politely answer questions and try to keep everyone calm. Drink up, they say, but do it responsibly.

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