‘Dancing is happiness’ subway saxophonist arrested over ‘MTA complaints’ – Gothamist (Me: People get shoved in front of trains and someone shot and killed on subway but a guy making a living with a sax is arrested???)

In viral social media videos showing the Thursday arrest, the musician, John Ajilo, is seen being placed in handcuffs by several police officers at the same busking spot the performer has used for more than five years to set up his two speakers, grooving cats and a “dancing is happiness” sign.

Ajilo is heard protesting the police’s request to stop performing.

“I’m not committing any crime!” he said in the video.

After a few more warnings, the police then try to put him in handcuffs and grab his saxophone from him.

“My saxophone! My saxophone!” cried Ajilo as officers started holding him back. He repeatedly yelled for help as the arrest continued.

Ajilo posted on his Instagram after the arrest that his wrist was injured and his saxophone and “dancers” were damaged. He said he received four tickets after spending the night in jail.

In a statement, the NYPD said officers were responding to “complaints from the MTA regarding an unauthorized performer,” and cited a link to the MTA’s subway performance rules. The rules they shared do not specify needing a permit to perform, but they do prohibit performers from playing “at any location where the musical performance would interfere with…the movement of passengers,” which is what the NYPD alleged Ajilo was doing based on the staggered arrangement of his dancing electronic cats.

The NYPD also said Ajilo was stopped for “utilizing a sound reproduction device.” However, the subway performance rules on the MTA’s website do not explicitly say that speakers are not allowed for musicians – only that there are limits to their usage.

 

Source: ‘Dancing is happiness’ subway saxophonist arrested over ‘MTA complaints’ – Gothamist

2 thoughts on “‘Dancing is happiness’ subway saxophonist arrested over ‘MTA complaints’ – Gothamist (Me: People get shoved in front of trains and someone shot and killed on subway but a guy making a living with a sax is arrested???)”

  1. Crazy laws, they also imprison 80 years old people who feed the hungry publicly without autorization, and they imprison people who take food from the garbage and treat it as theft, although restaurants had thrown the food out. They should sue the restaurants for not giving the food to shelters.

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