NYC police department cracks down on subway acrobats

By Marcina Zaccaria ,

Subway acrobats are making waves in New York City, even grabbing attention outside the city. The New York City Police Department is taking measures to crack down on the acrobats performing on the subway trains.

More than 240 people have been arrested on misdemeanors related to acrobatics so far. Fewer than 40 arrests were made at this time last year, according to NY1.

Police Commissioner William Bratton acknowledged that sometimes “low-grade lawlessness” can make more dangerous offenders bolder.

"Is it a significant crime? Certainly not," Bratton said recently, according to Associated Press. "Does it have the potential both for creating a level of fear as well as a level of risk that you want to deal with?"

Officials involved with the NYPD’s Transit Bureau also said that if the dancers make a mistake, then someone could get hurt. The NYPD is looking toward solo dancers as well as larger groups.

Some dancers are hoping that officials will still allow them to perform with permits. "There's no reason for being locked up for doing what you love," Andrew "Goofy" Saunders, who started performing with friends in 2007, told the AP.



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