WAMU 88.5 : News

ACLU Plans To Sue Metro Over Bag Searches

Play associated audio

The ACLU is moving forward with its plans to take Metro to court over its program of random bag searches.

Local ACLU Director Johnny Barnes says his group is looking for someone who's had their bags searched, and who would have legal standing to challenge the program's constitutionality.

Bag search programs in other subway systems -- such as Boston and New York City -- were upheld in court. But Barnes says Metro's program is different because, according to Metro's own executives, it was not implemented in response to a specific threat.

Barnes says the ACLU tried to set up a meeting with Metro on this shortly after they implemented the program late last year but got no response.

After Barnes announced his plans to move forward with a lawsuit Thursday morning, a Metro spokesperson said they are now willing to meet with the ACLU.

NPR

Peruvians Love Their Chicha Street Art. The Government ... Not So Much

Walk down a street in Peru and you'll likely see an example of the glow-in-the-dark posters and murals. Lots of people love them. But the upper crust — and the government — aren't impressed.
NPR

Tea-Infused Sweets: Chocolate + Jasmine Tea Is A Match Made In Heaven

Smoky and floral brews can provide a kick of flavor to desserts, especially when blended with chocolate. Pastry chef Naomi Gallego shows us a few tricks for surprising the palate with tea.
NPR

Despite Large Cuts To Greece's Pension System, Creditors Want More

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Matthew Dalton, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, about how the Greek pension system has been as generous as reported.
WAMU 88.5

UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski

The president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, chats about the future of higher education — and what he's doing to steer African-American students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.