The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is having the Chicago Police set up “screening stations” to randomly screen passengers riding the trains in Chicago.
Police say they will swab the outside of the bags but will not open them during the test… Riders who say no to the swabbing but try to enter that station’s turnstiles face arrest, police say.
There’s a problem with that. It’s called the 4th Amendment.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Since Illinois doesn’t allow riders to exercise their 2nd Amendment right, even if the person is licensed to carry, I guess it should come as no surprise that they don’t care about the 4th Amendment either.
If police suspect the rider is involved in “further suspicious activity, and if we determine that probable cause exists to stop him/her for questioning, we might do so,”
Ironically, they don’t think they need probably cause to stop them for screening in the first place.