NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The NYPD wants amateur acrobats who perform on subway trains to take a seat.
The NYPD is cracking down on the subway showmen who use trains as moving stages. Police say they create a safety risk for passengers by flipping, somersaulting and pole-dancing in crowded cars.
More than 240 people have been arrested on misdemeanors related to acrobatics so far this year, compared with fewer than 40 at this time a year ago.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton acknowledges he is targeting subway acrobats as part of his embrace of the “broken windows” theory of policing, that low-grade lawlessness can cultivate a greater sense of disorder and embolden more dangerous offenders.
“As skilled as they may be, the potential risk to themselves and the public on a moving subway car that sways, moves, jolts is too great to ignore,” Bratton said in May.