I took the Metro Gold, Red, and Blue lines to get to and from E3 today. I like riding the metro, but I don’t get to ride it as often as I want, because it stops about two miles short of nearly every place I need to go. (Thanks, Zev, for crippling subway service in Los Angeles to score cheap political points, you jerkass.)
While I was riding today, I noticed an insane number of Sheriff’s deputies in a few stations. On the way down to Union Station, we stopped at Southwest Museum station, and they held the train for close to ten minutes while they apparently looked for a specific person on the train. Eventually they let the train leave, and I didn’t see if they found who they were looking for.
On the way back, I transferred from the Blue line to the Red line at 7th street, and an armada of agitated deputies (seriously, it was close to eight or nine) wouldn’t let the train leave the station for close to fifteen minutes while they aggressively searched several young men, all of whom were Black and carrying backpacks.
Does this sort of thing happen regularly on the metro, or was I just lucky today? It almost seemed like they were looking for a particular person or persons in both cases.