New Yorkers, prepare to be searched
In response to today's bombings in London, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the NYPD will begin randomly searching subway passengers' bags, starting tomorrow.
"We live in a world where sadly these types of security measures are necessary," Bloomberg said. "Are they intrusive? Yes, a little bit. But we're trying to find the right balance."
The Times article continues:
People who do not submit to a search will be allowed to leave, but will not be permitted into the subway station. The police commissioner said officers would take pains to avoid singling people out for searches based on race or ethnicity.
"No racial profiling will be allowed," [Police Commissioner Raymond W.] Kelly said. "It's against our policies. But it will be a systematized approach. We'll give some very specific and detailed instructions to our officers on how to do it in accordance with our laws and the Constitution."