red gold and blue

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.

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5 Replies to “red gold and blue”

  1. I’d say you got extra-lucky. I ride at least the Gold Line daily during the week (to work, other lines for recreation) and I’ve never had a train held up by Sherriff’s deputies. I’ve had them board at a stop, check fares, and get back off before the train left, but I was thoroughly impressed by their speed — probably under a minute all told.

    Usually you’re lucky to even see a deputy, especially on the Red Line.

    I did see two deputies have a guy in handcuffs this morning at the Vermont/Sunset station, though. He wasn’t from my train, though, so we made our normal stop and kept going. -e;

  2. BTW: Your “author’s website” link is broken. Looks like it’s missing the leading http:// -e;

  3. Wil, I second that. I take the Red line on a regular basis (though not daily), and I never see that kind of excitement.

  4. I used to ride it every day and still ride the red and the gold fairly often. The only thing I see are people getting busted for fare evasion. It sounds like someone did something at a station and much like a in a movie, escaped on a train. The black men probably “fit the description”, (I’m sure a vague description of the perpetrator.) I’d be miffed if I were those guys that got searched.

  5. I ride the gold and red lines and mostly its fare evasion although I do second the racial profiling which is funny because the only people I’ve ever seen fare evade *specially since the invention of the three dollar day pass* have been white tourist who have no clue how fare works in LA as opposed to Europe/NYC/Tokyo/Mex etc.

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