In A New York Police State of Mind

On the way home from work today I witnessed my first searches at the subway entrance at 50th and B’way. I saw the end of one man’s search as they were taking him up the steps in handcuffs. Two officers at the bottom of the stairs were processing evidence and placing a small bag of marijuana into a larger evidence bag.

Regardless of your stance on the criminalization of marijuana I think this is a clear sign of troubles to come with these searches. Officers were forced to arrest a man for marijuana possession because it ended up in “plain view” after at best, a quasi-legal search. I’m sure there were other arrests of this type and will continue to be more. And obviously the contentious nature of this issue will tie all of these cases up in court for ages as the ACLU and other organizations fight the legality of arrests due to searches that clearly violate the very point of the 4th Amendment.

While riding the rest of the way home, I started thinking about my quality public education and realized I couldn

4 Comments so far

  1. Michael Orell (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2005 @ 10:00 pm

    I would like to extend my heartfelt sentiments to all my dealers out there. Courage gentlemen.

  2. NYC Restless (unregistered) on July 24th, 2005 @ 10:27 pm

    I love your blog/post on this issue of random searching. A question that I’ve (sarcastically) been dying to ask is that if you are chosen and refuse a search, they say you will not be allowed to enter the subway system. So, does this mean the MTA will refund your MetroCard fare?

    Just food for thought.

  3. Anna (unregistered) on July 25th, 2005 @ 11:50 am

    The officers searching you are supposed to do sou before you pass through the turnstiles. Of course, if they start searching on cars/platforms then the question arises whether you can still refuse to be searched but then have to leave the subway after having paid your fare.

  4. Man (unregistered) on July 25th, 2005 @ 4:23 pm

    I say great as long it is not permanent, I’m sick and tired of groups of teenagers hanging outside the turnstyles harassing people for metro cards while they carry knives and drugs.

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