A video posted to YouTube on Saturday is quickly approaching one million views. It was captured by a girl waiting for the subway in New York City and shows a disturbing incident in which an officer for the NYPD demonstrated absolute disregard for the laws he has sworn to uphold.
In the video, which appears to have been recorded in the Metropolitan Avenue subway station in Brooklyn, an officer confronts a street musician for playing music, which is completely legal. In a blatant display of complete ignorance, the cop reads out loud the law permitting the street musician to perform, then arrests him anyway.
Astounded witnesses shouted their disapprovals at the bully officer. “There are crack dealers in New York City and you’re arresting this man for playing a guitar,” said one onlooker, clearly stunned at the situation unfolding before him.
Refusing to be pushed around, the musician continued to play, well within his rights. That appeared only to aggravate the officer more, and he responded by wrestling the guitar away from the man. The musician was placed in handcuffs amid loud cries of “fuck the police” from the crowd which had gathered.
Here is the relevant portion of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s rules of conduct, which the officer found so inconvenient:
Except as expressly permitted in this subdivision, no person shall engage in any nontransit uses upon any facility or conveyance. Nontransit uses are noncommercial activities that are not directly related to the use of a facility or conveyance for transportation. The following nontransit uses are permitted by the Authority, provided they do not impede transit activities and they are conducted in accordance with these rules: public speaking; campaigning; leafletting or distribution of written noncommercial materials; activities intended to encourage and facilitate voter registration;artistic performances, including the acceptance of donations; solicitation for religious or political causes; solicitation for charities that [meet various criteria].
Do you think there is any excuse for the way this police officer treated a peaceful street musician? Let us know what you think of the disturbing footage of his arrest in the comments section.
H/T: The Blaze