Turnstile jumping

Despite a drop in arrests, two videos shot on Friday show that the NYPD is still detaining people for the crime of fare evasion.
Following at least two cases of turnstile jumping at the same Harlem subway station, the Legal Aid Society is calling for an investigation of the NYPD for targeting minority neighborhoods for fare evasion enforcement.
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.
"The balancing of the public safety, anti-discrimination, and transparency interests inherent in the City Law is not for the NYPD to decide."
As the NYPD slows arrests for fare evasion, neighborhoods of color remain a target.
$106 million from the city's budget would go toward providing half-price subway and bus rides to those living under the federal poverty.
"We're all for decriminalizing, but that's a bandaid," one of the report's authors said.
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."
Some District Attorneys have pledged to prosecute fewer NYers for fare evasion.
Police will be encouraged to give summonses instead of arresting turnstile jumpers, starting in September of this year, the DA's office announced today.
Pressed by a City Council member during a budget hearing, James O'Neill admitted that a turnstile jumping arrest could get an immigrant deported.
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