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Fare beating

The MTA is plowing ahead with its promised crackdown on fare beaters, though police won't say who, exactly, they are targeting.
John Tran is now suing the city and the NYPD for violating his civil rights, and to shine a spotlight on what he says is the NYPD's unconstitutional and racist fare evasion enforcement.
A teenager managed to get stuck in a subway turnstile on Tuesday, somehow wedging himself atop one of those egg slicer gates, while unwittingly posing for a Frank Reynolds-style Instagram photo.
"They have money on them, so it's not an economic issue from everything we can see."
Police will be encouraged to give summonses instead of arresting turnstile jumpers, starting in September of this year, the DA's office announced today.
"I lament that we were not able to come to an agreement to support poverty-stricken New Yorkers struggling to pay for public transportation," City Council Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez said.
The #SwipeItForward Campaign is seeking to draw attention to the large number of people of color ticketed or arrested for fare evasion.
This video was shot moments after the suspect, 20-year-old Donovan Lawson, attempted to fare-beat at the Myrtle Avenue-Broadway JMZ station yesterday just before 8 p.m.
The fake cop claimed he needed to take some pictures.
The suspect and another male had entered the rear door of a B46 bus without paying.
"I tried to convince him, hold on I will help you out," the mechanic said. "He thought I was going to get a key but that was never in my mind."
Cheating the MTA is a gateway to a life of inequity and sorrow, or so implies the Daily News' Pete Donahue, who interviewed a 17-year-old freeloader.
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