By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday August 13, 2011 2:12 pm
Four Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) stations in San Francisco had their

(photo: Images by John “K”)
cell phone service shut down on Thursday, August 11, to prevent a planned protest from materializing. James Allison, deputy chief communications officer for BART, reports BART staff or contractors shut down power “to the nodes and alerted the cell carriers,” including AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile.
A group called “No Justice, No BART” intended to descend upon BART stations to protest the shooting of Charles Hill, a homeless man who BART police officers killed on July 3. They planned to show up inconspicuously and then come together on the platform and, at about 5 pm, pull out signs and demand the officer that shot Hill be fired.