God, transit cops are even worse than the regular ones. Why the hell did he feel it was incumbent on him to go after this guy?
Musicians have rallied around a fellow subway performer who was arrested for playing at a Brooklyn subway stop – after the cop recited the law saying he WAS allowed to be there.
Andrew Kalleen, 30, was ejected from the G subway platform at the Lorimer Street-Metropolitan Avenue stop on Friday after calmly explaining to the officer that he was doing nothing illegal.
A video of the incident captured by straphangers waiting for a train shows a police officer approaching Kalleen and telling him he needed a permit to play there – which the musician disputes.
‘I’m not going to argue with you,’ the officer says calmly in response.
Kalleen, also speaking evenly, refuses to leave and tells the officer he has a right to be there performing, then directs him to the section in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s rules of conduct that says artistic performances and solicitations of donations are allowed.
The flustered officer reads the section aloud and discovers that the musician is indeed right – but still decides to eject him anyway.
While the MTA rules did state he could be there, there remains a gray area – because MTA rules differ from state law, which says an entertainer can be arrested for loitering in a transportation facility unless he was authorized to be there.
As the police officer calls for backup on the video, straphangers clap and Kalleen puts his guitar back on and continues singing. The officer approaches him again to make him stop.
‘Get your stuff. You’re leaving,’ the officer says.
[…] Eventually, several other uniformed and plainclothes police officers arrive at the station and force Kalleen to the floor before handcuffing him – as he continues to sing – and dragging him out.
As he is pulled up the stairs, travelers shout ‘F*** the police’.
The video was posted online and has been viewed more than 800,000 times.
Kalleen was arrested on a charge of loitering and will appear in court on Friday. Police spokesman Steve Davis said Tuesday that the department is investigating the matter.