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Dear PoPville – What’s Up with Random Metro Security Searches?

by Prince Of Petworth June 12, 2014 at 2:25 pm 10 Comments

Notice from 2010

“Dear PoPville,

My brother was stopped by authorities at Eastern Market metro station yesterday for a random security check before getting onto the platform. His bag was searched, sniffing dogs roamed, and this hands wiped for gun powder residue, much like what we experience at security lines in airports.

Have you or your readers seen or heard of this before? Will this become the norm?”

Ed. Note: Metro Transit Police have been doing random searches since at least 2008. We also spoke about random inspections in 2010.

  • Anonymous

    If it scares away some of the rotten little sh*ts that plague the Metro every day I’m all for it

    • I. Rex

      I wish, but this is just security theater. Someone can check a box that says they are doing something about terrorism.

    • anon

      it doesn’t. it’s just a pain in the ass for riders and a big dumb show for Metro Police

  • anon
    • Anonymous

      How is this an “unreasonable” search? He could have turned around and walked out of the station.

      • Fool Me Once

        It is unreasonable because there was no probable cause to search him. In “what were told/sold as America” you can’t just search people for no reason.

        • Anonymous

          I guess we should stop checking bags at baseball games too. LIVE FREE OR DIE AMIRITE

    • geez

      I can’t believe it took 40 entire minutes for someone to pull out the ol’ Fourth Amendment.

  • Anonymous

    “Have you or your readers seen or heard of this before?” – Yes
    “Will this become the norm?” – No

  • Allison

    I don’t know if this was related, but yesterday there were a number of bomb threats called into 911. My building was one of the ones affected. That may account for the increased police presence in the metro.


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