Sure, it's a great tool, Like a Hilti chipping hammer to blast away more of the bill or rights.
Isn't there stuff in the constitution about law enforcement having to charge you with something if they are going to hold you, access to lawyer, due process, etc??
I see here 36 hour detention without cause. Today it's the teenager in baggy pants with his feet on the seat, tomorrow it's the 60 year old peace activist. I remember a few years back when Cheney did a fundraiser at the airport embassy suites- a bunch of us rode the train out there to say hi. Cops Including a Beaverton cop (sucking up OT to live above his means?) "checked fares" on the airport max BOTH WAYS. Wouldn't it be neat if they could have instead locked us up for 36 hours? By the way I worked on a construction project at the airport for a few months in 01 rode the max EVERY DAY and NEVER saw any fare inspection.
The Big tri-met crime is all the tax money being wasted in destroying downtown to move the bus mall, include cars on the bus mall, and install a train GUARANTEED to get bogged down in traffic and make it difficult for me to tell my am-radio listening comrades how nice riding the train in.
I know theres a lot of good cops out there, but these transit cops are big lazy cowards who like to pick on those less fortunate in our town and serve nothing but as a role-model for a schoolyard bully.
Also, Is tri-met neglecting the bus system that actually gets us to home and work in favor of throwing our money at pet-projects and advertising? I've noticed an increase of older-than average (high floor) buses on routes they were trying to go all low-floor on a few years ago like the 12 (barbur) or 14 (hawthorne)- routes that seem to get a fair share of folks who need some extra help on and off the bus, or a curb level floor. I've also noticed a lot more clunks and bumps- (like what you'd expect from a taxicab with half a million hard city miles) from worn front end parts around corners. Also a lot of buses with more than a week of dirt outside, or a day inside.. It would be nice to hear from a bus driver or mechanic on this... How about instead of a jackhammer for the bill of rights we buy a wrench set to fix the bus?
hope I can post this...
TriMet to crack down on unruly teens
04:40 PM PST on Thursday, February 14, 2008
By DAVE NORTHFIELD for kgw.com
Starting March 1, juveniles who commit misdemeanors on buses and Max trains will be booked and detained for up to 36 hours at the Multnomah County juvenile court facility, authorities said Thursday.
A MAX light-rail train travels through downtown Portland.
"It shows we're serious when we say 'we're not going to take it anymore," said Shelly Lomax, TriMet Director of Safety and Security.
TriMet says that young people intimidating riders and getting in fights on trains or near stations is a main source of complaints and adds to the impression that the system is out of control.
There have been several assaults in recent months on or near the Max line.
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Right now youths who cause problems on TriMet vehicles don't face a serious consequence, according to Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney Tom Cleary.
"We talking about people who engage in behavior that's dangerous to themselves and other people," said Cleary. "We're not interested in people who didn't pay their fare.
Cleary said the policy shift has been two months in the making, with the full cooperation of TriMet and the police agencies who respond to calls. Youths facing a misdemeanor charge will be taken to the intake center at Juvenile Detention in Northeast Portland. Parents will be called, and officers will work out an action plan with the offender.
How safe do you feel on TriMet?
Not safe at all
There are five intake slots at the facility, and one transit officer said he thinks there will be a need for more slots once the changes take effect. But Sargent Eric Boothby applauds the move. "It's a great tool," he said.
TriMet is adding more officers to patrol the system. Five will be added on the west side and officials are still in discussions regarding how many will be added to the east side.