While shoppers bustled in and out of Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, about two dozen squad leaders from the county’s Rapid Deployment Team practiced techniques ranging from searching a tractor-trailer for contraband to sweeping a large public building for a bomb.
Searching a tractor-trailer for contraband? The writers for "24" did much better than that last season, when Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard), chasing a virus-infected teenager in an LA mall, got shot at the top of the escalator.
Heck, try waiting in the checkout line during a Macy’s one-day sale. Now that can be scary.