METRO to The People: “Up Yours!”

 Posted on May 01, 2012 in Uncategorized

Reports are that yesterday (30 April 2012) at about 3pm three uniformed METRO police officers accosted about a dozen passengers getting off the #219 bus from downtown to the West Road Park and Ride and asked for ID.

What does this have to do with METRO's mission?

Not a thing. METRO should be encouraging ridership, not discouraging it by demanding riders' papers.

(The comparison is inescapable: requiring papers for internal travel is a hallmark of modern totalitarian regimes.)

It's hard not to see this as a deliberate slap in the face by METRO to those concerned citizens who appeared less than a week ago at METRO's board meeting to protest METRO's inviting TSA into our community and performing (as reported-and now denied-by METRO) "random bag checks."

It's as though METRO is saying, "look: we don't need those vipers from TSA to help us act like fascist thugs; we can do it in white neighborhoods as well as black neighborhoods; and there's not a damn thing you can do about it."

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