random search and seizures started today on the new york subway system.
Riders on the nation’s largest subway system waited patiently while officers at various stations around the city combed through their briefcases and knapsacks on the first day of what Mayor Michael Bloomberg said would be a practice that would go on indefinitely.
“One of the dangers of random searches is that they can invite the possibility of racial, ethnic or religious profiling,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said.
Police promised there would be no racial profiling, and Bloomberg too said the practice would not be allowed.
Searches at a subway station near the city’s bustling Port Authority bus station certainly appeared random, as police stopped white tourists, a Jewish man wearing a yarmulke, an Asian man, a young black woman and a man wearing a turban.
so in other words, the whole notion of probable cause, one of the CORE tenets of our criminal justice system, is being COMPLETELY disregarded, but with promises to violate EVERYONE’S civil rights EQUALLY. we are ALL potential terrorists.
here’s another quote. this is the fourth amendment of our constitution. this is the what’s being trampled on so that NYPD can increase their quota of small quantity narcotics possession arrests. because that’s all they’re going to catch.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.