I was at the Greenbelt station on the evening of Aug. 4 waiting for the B30 to BWI (That bus route is in need of some major unsucking--my bus came 30 minutes late, with a surly driver, but that's another story.).
Anyway, I saw two men handcuffed in the back seat of a Metro police car. After listening in on what the cop told the men, it seems they were both taxi drivers who'd been in some sort of dispute while lined up at the taxi stand.
The officer took one man out of the car and undid his handcuffs and let him go, then got the other guy out. As he took off his handcuffs, he told the driver "don't ever come back!"
When the man said something, the cop's response was "don't ask me dumb questions, or I'll put you back in the car... if you pick up a fare who wants to be brought here, you can drop him off, but if I ever see you waiting in line here again, I will have you arrested."
So here's my question: Do Metro cops have the right to permanently and unilaterally ban people (in general, or just taxi drivers) from stations?
If not, what procedure should they have used?
I don't know if the taxi driver was happy to get off with being banned but not arrested, but the whole thing seemed pretty heavy handed to me.
If a driver really did something so bad that he could never pick up fares at Greenbelt again, maybe he should have been arrested.