Two Men Arrested on New York Subway for Man Spreading

  • · Posted 34 months Ago
  •  BY Staff

The Police Reform Organising Project (PROP) are a group in the U.S. which aim to "create awareness about the current wasteful, unequal, and racially-biased police activity in New York City". They recently published a report, and within it contained the below paragraph revealing that two Latino men had been arrested on the charge of "man spreading".

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"On a recent visit to the arraignment part in Brooklyn’s criminal court, PROP volunteers observed that police officers had arrested two Latino men on the charge of "man spreading" on the subway, presumably because they were taking up more than one seat and therefore inconveniencing other riders. Before issuing an [adjournment contemplating dismissal] for both men, the judge expressed her skepticism about the charge because of the time of the arrests: "12:11AM, I can't believe there were many people on the subway".

So there we have it, "man spreading" is legitimately a crime in New York City. Dazed point out that it’s against the Metropolitan Transport Authority’s rules to take up more than one seat. They also note that arrests like these are part of a "broken windows" policing system - a theory that aggressively targets low level crime in the hope that it will help deter more serious incidents.

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