After the horrific stabbing of Nia Wilson, her family is suing BART. They say the transit agency should have done more to protect Nia and her sister.
The family's lawsuit states that BART should have never allowed suspect John Cowell into the stations. He had actually been stopped for fare evasions just day before Wilson's murder.
BART spokesperson Alicia Trost released this statement:
via ABC News
"The murder of Nia Wilson on BART is a tragedy and we continue to extend our deepest condolences to the Wilson family. We are thankful the suspect is in custody due in large part to our surveillance system.Nothing is more important than the safety of our riders and employees. In the last several years BART has launched a multi-prong approach to reduce fare evasion including a new proof of payment ordinance and inspection teams as well as infrastructure changes to make it harder to bypass fare gates.We've installed working cameras on all train cars and have a robust network of more than 4,000 surveillance cameras. We've had stepped up patrols using overtime since Spring 2017 and have worked tirelessly to fill officer vacancies.Arrests surged last year by nearly 40% due to the fact our officers were in the right place at the right time. We also publish our crime data to the public through multiple venues, to provide transparency and public awareness.Our hearts break for the Wilson family. Their grief must be unbearable. BART as an agency will continue to do all we can to ensure a safe trip for our riders."