wilmette2008 wrote:Wonder why they called CPD to perform the arrest instead of arresting the guy himself?It seemed to be the fastest way to get him off of the train. Perhaps you would have preferred a Delta style drag out of the car?
Watch the tape. He was trying to deescalate the situation ... get off the train ... we'll get you a refund ... but he would not listen. The drunken person asked for "county" ... apparently thinking like some people here that railroad police are not real police. So despite the continued delay he figured that the the guy might respect a CPD more than him. At that point the issue wasn't what authority the railroad police has ... the issue was resolving the situation by getting him off the train. The officer's goal wasn't to be a macho "I'll take you down" tough guy boosting his own ego and escalating the problem. It was to remove the inebriated passenger and get the train moving.