Big bank takes little bank: blocking cell reception of protesters in SF

SAN FRANCISCO — Transit officials blocked cellphone reception in San Francisco train stations for three hours to disrupt planned demonstrations over a police shooting.

Officials with the Bay Area Rapid Transit system, better known as BART, said Friday that they turned off electricity to cellular towers in four stations from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. The move was made after BART learned that protesters planned to use mobile devices to coordinate a demonstration on train platforms.

The tactic drew comparisons to those used by the former president of Egypt to squelch protests demanding an end to his authoritarian rule.

via San Francisco Transit Blocks Cellphones To Hinder Protest.

If you want to know what cops have learned since Oscar Grant.  Perhaps “Game recognize game” would have been a better articulation.

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