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News :: DNC : Human Rights
Activist searched on the T
26 Jul 2004
My experience riding the T and getting searched and questioned about activites in Boston.
After walking near the so-called "soft zone" and attempting to leave the area, I headed towards Haymarket station to catch the T. I was carrying a backpack with books, a microphone, change of clothing, and various other small things that I thought I might need in case the protests/actions were met with excessive police force (i.e. chemical weapons).

After making it past the turnstile, a cop signaled to me and had me go through my backpack in front of him. I suspect that he quickly saw that I wasn't carrying anything dangerous, but he saw the books and asked me what I was reading.

Guised as small talk, he proceeded to question me about what I was reading (I had one book on police brutality and another on anarchism), if I was in Boston to see the convention, and where I went to school. Considering that there had been an excessive number of police all around the area (I would later see about 7 police officers standing around carrying large assault-style rifles) I was essentially too scared to not answer the questions.

I have since been informed that the National Lawyer's Guild is suing the MBTA because of their search policy.

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