Police State: Deputies checking Passes on LA Metro

LA Sherrif Deputy checking passes
LA Sheriff Deputy checking passes

I missed my Metrolink train today 9/19/2014 so I drove into North Hollywood to take the Red Line Metro subway into 7th Street.

After passing through the turnstile and going down the escalator, I was greeted by LA County Sheriff’s deputies checking passes.

LA County Sheriff Deputies

Doesn’t seem like a good use of Sheriff’s deputies. I wonder how they feel about it.

Added 9/22/2014 –

I just read an article in the LA Times about Metro and LA Sheriff Deputies. Seems that  some deputies think of patrolling the metro to be punishment. I feel for them.

Added 9/26/2014

Today at 7th Street Station, I encountered LA Sheriff’s deputies with M4 rifles. I did take a photo of the rifle he held.  What are they preparing for ?

M4 rifle held by Deputy
Adam Selene

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Photography at Back to School Night

On September 17, 2014 I was at Santa Susana High School  where my daughter goes to school for Back to School Night.

Art teacher
Art teacher

As an amateur photographer I brought my Canon T1i with the 40mm lens to take photos.  I took photos of students, teachers and skateboarders.  I need to remember to bring a tripod for outdoor evening shots.

While walking to meet with another teacher, a man approached me and asked to talk with me. He showed me a police badge and said some folks had commented about a weird man with a camera.  I told him ‘I don’t talk to police’. I walked away. He tried to take a picture of me with an iPhone. My wife stayed to talk with him.  I told her to not talk to police. She says she was taught growing up to always talk nicely to police.  We are turning into a police state.  She told me when asked that the officer asked if I was on the ‘sexual predator list’

I’ll probably write more here when I feel like it. People are paranoid nowadays.   Seems very strange.

Adam Selene

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