Rail cops go great guns
LACHLAN CARTWRIGHT, MURRAY WEISS and LEONARD GREENE
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Stand clear of the submachine guns.
Bleary-eyed New Yorkers began their work weeks with a morning rush hour that featured city cops in full military gear, including helmets, goggles, body armor, sidearms and M16 assault rifles.
The underground arsenal startled sleepy straphangers, many of whom wondered whether the extra security was overkill.
“I think it’s excessive,” said Holly Celentang, 26, a rider from Queens. “It’s Easter this week, and you have families with young kids on the subway, and I’m sure cops with machine guns would scare them.
“I feel there should have been a bit more of a thought process before they did this. We can’t lose our heads over something that happened in another country and make New York City look like we are at war.”
Torey Deprisest, 23, who was vacationing from Ohio, said he was stunned at the show of force.
“I think it’s ridiculous,” Deprisest said. “The attack happened in a different country and had nothing to do with Americans. I’d be nervous seeing cops with machine guns on the train. It makes people afraid when they don’t need to be.”
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