Police State America’s National Railroad Police

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By: MassPrivateI |

Privately run ‘secret’ railroad police have trained 85 SWAT teams in 13 states!

Private railroad police officers licensed in every state, have been accused of physical assaults, racial profiling and harassment according to lawsuits, interviews and court records. The records and interviews show that there have been numerous complaints and dozens of lawsuits filed against railroad police officers in recent years.

“Most states have a statute that authorizes railroad corporations to hire and appoint railroad police officers. Generally, these laws are found in the railroad or public utility sections of a state’s consolidated statutes. A railroad police commission is issued by a specific state agency, usually from the state police but sometimes from the governor’s office. The remaining state code sections regarding railroad police often require the employing corporations to bear all liability; the officers to take an oath and wear a badge indicating that they serve as railroad police officers for a specific railroad corporation; and local police agencies to accept persons arrested by railroad police.

“If the requirement to accept prisoners is not explicitly stated in the railroad police statute, the police powers conferred upon sworn and commissioned railroad police officers in the enabling law will convey that they possess the same legal authority as state and local police or peace officers.”

“As such, their legal authority includes the typical police powers to arrest persons for state law felonies, misdemeanors, or violations and process them into the local criminal justice system. In many states, rail and transit police agencies are included in criminal justice system processes and have access to state criminal record systems for investigative and arrest-processing purposes.”

Private rail lines CSXT, BNSF, KCS, UPand others maintain their own private police. The Amtrak Police is the largest with more than 450 sworn officers who undergo training at FLETC. They are armed with Glock 22 .40-caliber pistols and no less than 100 5.56mm Bushmaster Patrolman’s carbines.
 
Since 2009 private railroad police have arrested more than 300 residents in Overtown, a predominantly black neighborhood in Miami, on charges of trespassing. Nearly 90 percent of those charges have been dismissed. Click here & here to read more.
 
In Oklahoma in 2010, a Union Pacific railroad police officer was captured on video choking a woman he accused of trespassing and resisting arrest. A local court dropped the charges against the woman and she settled a lawsuit with the company earlier this year.

Union Pacific Railroad is working with police across the country ticketing motorists at railroad crossings. It ‘s called “Operation UPCares” here’s a list of a few states Texas, New York, Missouri that are letting private police ticket motorists.

“UP Railroad Police were stopping motorists that crossed the tracks when the lights were red and the barriers down, giving offenders warnings and tickets.”

They’re even using “UPCares” to warn people about taking photographs of trains!

“We urge professional and amateur photographers alike to set the right example for others by adhering to the safety guidelines.”

 
 
Federal authorities have ceded oversight of railroad police to the states but few states, if any, keep data of complaints against railroad police.
 
People who say they have been mistreated by the railroad police have little recourse except to complain to the railroads, but because the railroads are private companies, they can operate largely in ‘SECRET’.

It’s hard to put a precise number on America’s private police but it would be fair to say that there’s over 1.5 MILLION and growing.

America has almost ONE MILLION police officers, this doesn’t include private police or security guards, which is larger than the 1.5 MILLION by most estimates. Private security guards have outnumbered police officers since the 1980s. The more than 1 million contract security officers, and guards work directly for U.S. corporations.

That means there’s over 2.5 MILLION POLICE in the US with no signs of stopping!

There needs to be better oversight of these corporate police forces, because right now it is sorely lacking,” said Lloyd C. Larsen, a Republican state representative in Wyoming, one of only two states that do not allow the railroad police to have law enforcement authority; Minnesota is the other. “No one knows what they do or how they operate outside of people at the company.”

The average salary for Railroad Police in 2010 was $58,560 nationally, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The top ten percent earned salaries of $86,630 or higher.  Among the highest paying industries were

  • State government – $70,570
  • Rail transportation – $60,980
  • Local government – $56,760

Railroad police can pursue people anywhere, they’re not restricted to company property.  Railroad officers possess the broad powers and jurisdiction of local or state police.

“Some states require that railroad police officers obtain commissions as other local and state officers do, while other states may only require certifications similar to a security guard.  As a result of the Crime Control Act, commissioned railroad police officers with arrest or other powers in one state may also carry those powers to any other state in which their railway employer operates.”

The Omnibus Crime Control Act of 1990, Public Law 101-647, which gave all U.S. railroad police this additional statutory authority to perform more efficient and effective law enforcement functions. Presently, it is codified at 49 U.S.C. 28101 and states as follows:

28101. Rail Police Officers
Under regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Transportation, a rail police officer who is employed by a rail carrier and certified or commissioned as a police officer under the laws of a State may enforce the laws of any jurisdiction in which the rail carrier owns property, to the extent of the authority of a police officer certified or commissioned under the laws of that jurisdiction, to protect—
(1) employees, passengers, or patrons of the rail carrier;
(2) property, equipment, and facilities owned, leased, operated, or maintained by the rail carrier;
(3) property moving in interstate or foreign commerce in the possession of the rail carrier; and
(4) personnel, equipment, and material moving by rail that are vital to the national defense.

The only jurisdictional exception existing prior to the enactment of this law was the railroad police of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak). Created by Congress, Amtrak’s enabling legislation under the Rail Passenger Service Act of 1970, now codified starting at 49 U.S.C. 24101, established the authority for Amtrak to have railroad police. The statutory authority was unique at the time and included interstate police powers.

The Amtrak rail police law, now found at 49 U.S.C. 24305 (e), states as follows: (e) Rail Police. —Amtrak may employ rail police to provide security for rail passengers and property of Amtrak. Rail police employed by Amtrak who have complied with a State law establishing requirements applicable to rail police or individuals employed in a similar position may be employed without regard to the law of another State containing those requirements.

Federal regulations promulgated under 49 U.S.C. 28101 are contained starting at 49 CFR 207 and apply to all railroad police, including those of Amtrak. These regulations describe in more detail the scope of this broader-ranging interstate authority.

When railroad police officers are in a state different from the one where they received their railroad police commissions, their police authority is the same as that of railroad officers commissioned under the laws of the state in which they are present. Furthermore, this police authority shall apply only on railroad property, except in two instances:

  • A railroad police officer may pursue someone off railroad property if that person is suspected of violating the law on railroad property.
  •  A railroad police officer may engage in off–railroad property law enforcement activities, including, without limitation, investigation and arrest, if permissible under state law.

Railroads even have a police chief, special agents and rapid response teams or ‘counterterrorism unit. Click here, here and here to read about CSXT’s police department.

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CSXT has also developed a special weapons and tactics (SWAT)–like three-day Tactical Rail Interdiction training course, offered to law enforcement officers at no cost.

Why is it being offered to police at no cost and are they qualified to train SWAT teams etc.?

“Once we do a background check, we pass the information on to the governor’s office which approves or denies the applicant,” said Terry Baker, training and research manager at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. “That’s the full extent of our dealings with railroad police.”

There’s the smoking gun!

America’s SWAT teams and police are being trained by privately run police who’s only requirement is to pass a background check! What kind of psychopath’s are training police officers and SWAT teams across America?

It’s unknown if railroad police officers receive any psychological testing. At least DHS run police departments force new cops to undergo some psychological testing, see below:

“Right now we give cops a test called the MMPI-2, the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory. So we pretty much determine that they’re not psychopaths. I think that’s a low bar.” Former Police Chief  John DeCarlo said.

To find out more, read “Former Police Chief Says Police Should Stop Hiring Bullies”.

The ”SECRET’ is out; EVERY rail company is working with DHS and they’re training SWAT teams for free!

They [railroad police] even have ‘Council Charter Homeland Security Memberships’, click herehere and here to read more.

CSXT has trained 85 SWAT teams in 13 states:

 
For more info. about America’s national train police read:
 
Article republished from MassPrivateI 
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