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  • Police Now Arresting For ‘Manspreading’ on NYC Subways

    If you are a man living in liberal NYC, you might want to sit with your legs crossed or close together while riding on the subway from now on, or you could face a brush with the law–even jail time.

    Two men have been arrested in New York for ‘manspreading’ – the act of taking up too much space on the underground or metro system.

    The arrests have come to light in the Police Reform Organizing Project’s (PROP) recently published report on the efficacy of ‘broken window’s policing’ in New York, a policing model based on the idea that eliminating low level disorders (such as broken windows) will prevent more serious crimes.

    Taking up more than one seat on the metro is technically illegal under Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) disorderly conduct rules, if doing so interferes with the comfort of other passengers.

    Passengers caught manspreading will be punished with a $50 fine.

    It is unclear if anyone has been fined for taking up too much space on the train, but PROP, which exposes “discriminatory and abusive practices of the NYPD” with particular reference to people of color, has revealed that at least two men have been arrested and summoned to court for the offense.

    PROP regularly sits in on local court proceedings to monitor the cases passing through the system.

    Volunteers of PROP found, during a recent visit to the arraignment division of Brooklyn’s criminal court, that two Latino men had been arrested on the charge of “manspreading”.

    The judge issued an order which effectively wipes the charge from their record if they don’t get arrested again, but was skeptical over the charges due to the time of the arrests, saying: “12:11am, I can’t believe there were many people on the subway”.

    The PROP report claims the arrests are quota-driven.

    “Manspreading” came to prominence earlier this year, partly because feminists are convinced that the whole phenomenon is a manifestation of patriarchy.

    The New York Metropolitan Transit Authority dropped $76,000 on a public campaign asking men to “stop the spread” in response to the sudden public outrage over seat-hogs.


    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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