[Politech] Detroit rail system now permits random police searches of passengers [priv]

From: Declan McCullagh (declan@private)
Date: Thu Jan 12 2006 - 01:47:20 PST

I've never ridden Detroit's Peoplemover. But it's apparently a light 
rail system with 13 passenger stations in a three mile loop:

This is reminiscent of random police searches of subway riders' bags in 
New York City, which a federal judge said does not violate the Fourth 

Except at least New York had some discussion about it, which does not 
seem to be the case with Detroit.


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: ANONYMOUS Politech Submission: Detroit People Mover Now 
Randomly Searching Passengers
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2006 02:15:37
To: Declan McCullagh <declan@private>

ANONYMOUS Politech Submission: Detroit People Mover Now Randomly
Searching Passengers

"Due to increased security during [the North American International Auto
Show], the DTC recommends that patrons travel lightly and not plan to
carry large packages and backpacks onto The People Mover. These items
may be randomly searched and checked, resulting in delays."

There is no indication that this policy will end when the NAIAS ends.
Requests for information on this policy were not (yet) returned.

People mover trains are no larger than buses, but the People Mover has a
brain dead security design in that trains run without obstruction
directly over the main floor at the Cobo Center where the NAIAS is held.

Then again, rather than randomly searching citizens, the Detroit Police
might want to put more resources in getting their murder closure rate
above that elusive 50% mark.



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