View of heavily armed officer in DC subway station raises concern – NBC4 Washington

The sight of a heavily armed officer at a DC Metrorail station in downtown DC caused concern among some riders.

Video posted online Tuesday had riders wondering if a man holding a gun and wearing military-style gear had the correct identification to show he is an officer. He was seemingly alone, watching the crowd at the Gallery Place-Chinatown station.

The Washingtonian Problems social media account shared the video, raising questions.

Metro Transit Police Chief Michael Anzallo spoke on Wednesday about the type of cop seen.

“We have put together several special weapons teams that we patrol daily through Metro,” he said.

The person who took the officer’s video said he saw no recognizable patches or badges.

Metro Transit police said the officer was carrying appropriate ID. Here’s what they said about the special response team and how to identify these agents.

“MTPD deploys its dedicated response team periodically as part of our highly visible crime prevention patrols and strategies. These officers are specially trained to respond to incidents and can assist the public if necessary,” the department said in a statement. “They wear a name tag and badge on their outer vest, an MTPD patch on their left shoulder and a special patch of the response team on their right shoulder.”

At the Gallery Place-Chinatown station on Wednesday, some riders said the video still alarmed them.

“That’s a bit scary and not something I really want to see on the subway, especially as the world gets scarier every day,” said one man.

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