Village Voice Causes Controversy
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
(SNN New York) An article, in New York’s Village Voice, about random searches in the New York transit system has caused quite a bit of controversy. The article “NYers to NYPD: ‘I Do Not Consent to Being Searched’” received an extraordinary negative response from readers.
‘I Do Not Consent to Being Searched’ received an extraordinary negative response from readers.
The article concerned a local immigrant rights activist Tony Lu, who designed T-shirts bearing the slogan “I do not consent to be searched”. The creation of the shirts was a reaction to an announcement by the NYPD that police would randomly and routinely search the bags of commuters.
Dwayne Thomas, a 38 year old part time rodeo worker and butcher, is unhappy with the tone that the article took. “If you want safety, you have to give up a little of your freedom. I know I feel safer at night knowing that there are random searches on the subways,” Dwayne told us.
Dwayne thinks random searches at rodeos are useless.
While Dwayne has never been within a thousand miles of New York City, he tells us that safety would be a concern if he ever traveled there. Dwayne, however, had a little trouble coming up with a reason for traveling to the Big Apple. “I might want to go there, if there was a big rodeo or something. I don’t know.” Dwayne thinks random searches at rodeos are useless. “What are they going to do, stick their d*cks in a cow’s *ss? There’s plenty of guys that do that already.”
The article had yet to produce any negative response to actual residents of New York City.
We would like to apologize to the entire world for the use of that last quote. At first we were hesitant to use quotes from Dwayne Thomas. However, we did receive corroborating accounts that many people at rodeos do indeed stick their d
We would like to apologize for the last apology.