The US Federal Communications Commission has decided to investigate a move made by officials in San Francisco to shut down cell phone services in order to disrupt a public protest.
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) officers had been strongly criticised for gunning down a man who allegedly tried to attack them with a knife.
Members of public, agitated by the shooting, decided to protest against it but BART, taking a leaf out of Hosni Mubarak’s book, shut down the cell phone service in the subway where the protests were about to happen to prevent protesters from co-ordinating.
“Any time communications services are interrupted, we seek to assess the situation," FCC spokesman Neil Grace said in a statement.
"We are continuing to collect information about BART's actions and will be taking steps to hear from stakeholders about the important issues those actions raised, including protecting public safety and ensuring the availability of communications networks,” he added.
Meanwhile, BART officials maintained that they had shut down the cell phone services to ensure the safety of commuters, but many believe that the agency has violated people’s right to free speech and assemble where ever they want in order to protest.