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Nubia Bowe and her friends were falsely accused by Bart police for intimidating a witness after someone complained that there were people dancing on Bart trains soliciting for money.
However Bowe and her friends were not the one's dancing on the train and even other Bart riders told authorities that they had arrested the wrong group of people.
Authorities continued to arrest and even assault Bowe and her friends.
Nubia was later kicked out of school after serving 4 days in jail behind the incident. She is now facing one felony and three counts of misdemeanor charges including resisting arrest.
“Once they pulled me off the train, I was first slammed to the ground and then thrown against the wall,” said Bowe. “The officers pushed me back down and continued to elbow and knee me in my back. My mouth was full of blood by then. The whole time this was happening, I repeatedly said ‘I am not resisting arrest. You are violating my civil rights.’”
Eventually the felony charges were dropped but the fact of the matter is did Bart authorities properly investigate the situation?
“This case represents another example of racial profiling by BART police,” said civil-rights Attorney Dan Siegel, who represents Bowe. “Although the end isn’t as tragic, its similar to the Oscar Grant case. Some person made a complaint about dancing on BART, Nubia and her friends were not the people dancing, and yet, she still faces two sets of charges for allegedly fighting with police and resisting arrest.”
Written By: Karizma Kysh