Schumer: Boost communication after Penn Station stampede
Sen. Charles Schumer said that the stampede that injured 16 people at New York’s Penn Station just over a week ago shows a need for better coordination between law enforcement agencies at transportation hubs.
The New York Democrat on Sunday called for rail security improvements including the establishment of a joint command at Penn Station so law enforcers can communicate with each other better.
“The next Penn panic could be an actual disaster, not just a wake-up call,” Schumer said.
The stampede erupted on April 14 following false reports of gunshots at the station, which was even more crowded than usual because of a New Jersey Transit train that was stuck in a tunnel under the Hudson River for nearly three hours.
The gunshot rumors were triggered by an Amtrak police officer’s use of a stun gun to subdue a disruptive man.