Friday, August 05, 2005

Extreme Ride

If you're looking for some extreme excitement in your life, riding the subway might just be the adventure for you. Turns out police officers can now use deadly force if they have a "reasonable basis" for believing a suspect can detonate a bomb. In case you find "reasonable basis" a tad too imprecise, here's what the officers are looking for:

... wearing a heavy coat in warm weather, carrying a backpack with protrusions or visible wires, nervousness, excessive sweating or an unwillingness to make eye contact ....

Since this profile basically describes every other person using the city's subways, this new tactic should be a resounding success.


At 8:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out the editorial in todays Chicago Tribune which suggests that we should possibly forbid people from bringing backpacks on the "L" (chicago's subway system) or possible only have one car designated for people with backpacks.

Um - the vast majority of people who take public transportation use backpacks because they are space and back-saving ways of carrying stuff through the public transportation system.

Among others, the highest percentage of people who take the "l" system are from the following groups:

Students (this includes elementary, middle and high school students, as well as college students. Many magnet and charter schools do not provide bussing in Chicago)

People who work downtown and don't want to deal with parking/traffic.

Poor people who can't afford cars.

Way to disenfranchise a large portion of the population!


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