So, when Allen pressed for the rationale behind withholding the important evidence from the public, she was eventually told the release of the videos “would create a racial bias in the riders against minorities on the trains.”
In an email, Allen inquired: “I don’t understand what role the color of one’s skin plays in this issue [of whether to divulge information]. Can you explain?”
“If we were to regularly feed the news media video of crimes on our system that involve minority suspects, particularly when they are minors, we would certainly face questions as to why we were sensationalizing relatively minor crimes and perpetuating false stereotypes in the process,” responded BART Assistant General Manager Kerry Hamill.
Muito bom. Vídeos que vão contra os interesses de uma instituição não podem ser divulgados. Porque é que ninguém se lembrou disto antes?