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28 06 2017

Downtown

P-D:

MetroLink officers get OK to write tickets in St. Louis

The public safety officers who patrol MetroLink in the city of St. Louis were given permission Monday to immediately begin issuing citations to riders who don’t pay the fare, according to a memo obtained by the Post-Dispatch.

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More than a year ago, amid an increase of high-profile violent crimes on MetroLink, the light-rail system’s public safety officers were effectively barred from issuing citations in Missouri by St. Louis and St. Louis County.

Officials from Bi-State have contended that the change rendered their officers powerless and caused more crime.

I’m trying to wrap my mind around reconciling the two, or rather, what do fare evasion citations necessarily have to do with violent crime on the MissingLink. To put it another way, I don’t think the absence of the citations resulted in the spate of ML violence, nor do I think that the return of citation writing will abate the violence. It’s just another one of these consequence free easy answer easy excuses that everyone important in this town and every other town leans on to avoid having to deal with the taboo implications of problems. That, and I’m sure the municipal court system will enjoy all the new revenue from collecting fines and court costs from those who received these citations, which is a sort of thing that we were all supposed to repudiate because GENTILIVUS GIANTIVUS.

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28 06 2017
John Vawter

If your MetroLink is anything like the LA Metro (trains & subways), the homeless, addicts and mentally ill use them as rolling shelters. They set up camp and ride all day. Rarely do they pay fares, and most are dindus so all they have to do is squawk “raciss!” to get security to back off. When fare enforcement was finally introduced that cut down on a lot of crimes of all sorts, because it gave security a “neutral” way to harass the scumbags enough to leave.

28 06 2017
Truth-hammer

Like nigger criminals will pay their citation fines.

28 06 2017
Truth-hammer

Some nigger advocates/(((advocates))) will claim that it is rayciss to issue nigger fare-violators.




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