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Posted at 7:27 PM ET, 08/10/2010

The youth brawl and Metro miseries

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Steven Preister,
Washington

Regarding the Aug. 9 front-page article on the brawl on the Metro last week [“Family’s night out ends in ‘pandemonium’”]:

Seventy out-of-control youths are terrifying. But brawling, out-of-control youths are not new on Metro. If you ride the subway from 3:30 p.m. on, when children are getting out of school, you will see the outrageous behavior. I have witnessed teenagers running through a car and into other cars; hitting each other; throwing food; surrounding and blocking in an adult and then sexually harassing that person; swearing, screaming, running on and off trains, etc.

During these incidents, I have never seen a police officer. Metro needs to station police officers on trains. This would be expensive, but it is Metro’s responsibility to ensure the safety of its riders.

By Walter Lee,
Kensington

Once again the Metro system appears to be in disarray. Why weren’t more police at stops after Gallery Place on Friday night? [“Lanier says Chinatown police detail is sufficient,” Metro, Aug. 10.]

Maybe it is time to put Metro under the control of the federal government. What good are the local controlling members doing? What good is it that the National Transportation Safety Board revealed safety infractions if it has no power to force Metro to correct the infractions?

When is Congress going to say enough is enough? Let us use BP’s example of how to deal with managers and CEOs who cannot do their job. Why don’t we have a dedicated Metro tax for each jurisdiction that Metro services and stop the infighting over money?



By washingtonpost.com editors  | August 10, 2010; 7:27 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Metro, schools, traffic, transportation  
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Comments

TAZER AND LOCK THE THUGS UP

HOLD THEIR PARENTS ACCOUNTABLE

WHEN THEY ACT THIS WAY, THEY ARE

OF NO VALUE TO SOCIETY. INSTEAD

OF GIVING THEM MORE, GIVE THEM LESS.

Posted by: COOLCHILLY | August 12, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Simple. Authorize DC police officers to patrol and make arrests.

The outnumbered Metro cops were afraid to make arrests - they were afraid they wouldn't make it home.

Let the DC police do the job.

Posted by: cibor | August 12, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Simple. Authorize DC police officers to patrol and make arrests.

The outnumbered Metro cops were afraid to make arrests - they were afraid they wouldn't make it home.

Let the DC police do the job.

Posted by: cibor | August 12, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Make the Metro Officers a division of DC? Can't do that - MPD has no authority in VA or MD, so that is not possible (like it is in NYC).

But yeah, more metro cops are needed, and I mean COPS. If they are afraid to do their jobs, they should be terminated. law Enforcement is a dangerous job - no that, live that, or don't try to be a cop.

Posted by: Greent | August 12, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Give them tear gas, lots of it.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 12, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE READ BEFORE IDIOTIC POSTS.

cibor wrote:
Simple. Authorize DC police officers to patrol and make arrests.

What?? Patrol and make arrest is what ALL police do.

Greent wrote"
...MPD has no authority in VA or MD

Metro police DO have authority in VA and MD. Do you really believe that Metro lines in Maryland and Virgina are not protected?

Posted by: Jimof1913 | August 13, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Jimof1913 wrote: PLEASE READ BEFORE IDIOTIC POSTS.
---------------------------------------
Jim:
MPD stands for Metropolitan Police Department

Metro Cops are not MPD officers. MPD officers do NOT have jurisdiction in MD or VA.

MTPD which stands for Metro Transit Police Department are the metro cops, who have tri-state jurisdiction in transit areas/structures.

So yeah, your advice, please take it. Thanks.

Posted by: Greent | August 13, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Arrest the thugs that break the rules.Time for ZERO TOLERANCE!

Posted by: 10bestfan | August 13, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

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