Schumer calls chaotic Penn Station evacuation a ‘wake up call’

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NEW YORK — U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., says law enforcement agencies whose officers protect New York City’s Penn Station need to integrate their communication systems and work together more after a chaotic evacuation last week following a rumor of an active shooter.

“Coordinated security systems, command centers, and training exercises are critical to improving safety at Penn Station,” Schumer says. “(Because) the next Penn panic could be an actual disaster, not just a wake-up call.”

On April 14, Amtrak police used a Tazer to detain a man inside the station after he refused to follow orders. The scuffle between police and the suspect caused mass hysteria and thousands of people frantically ran out of the station during rush hour. The NYPD received multiple reports of an active shooter in the station, all of which proved to be false. Sixteen people were injured in the rushed evacuation.

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