NYPD Cop Arrests Subway Musician During Legal Performance (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Andrew Kalleen, who plays a guitar in a New York City subway for donations, was arrested at 1:30 a.m. last Friday.

According to, Kalleen referred a NYPD officer to Section 1050.6c of the transit rules that states:

The following nontransit uses are permitted by the Authority, provided they do not impede transit activities and they are conducted in accordance with these rules: public speaking; campaigning; leafletting or distribution of written noncommercial materials; activities intended to encourage and facilitate voter registration; artistic performances, including the acceptance of donations; solicitation for religious or political causes.

The NYPD officer, who made the arrest, claimed that "permitted" artistic performances meant that a "permit" was needed to perform and arrested Kalleen.

The person who shot a video of the arrest (below) noted on YouTube that a crowd gathered and mocked the cop:

One of NYPD's finest arrests a man for playing in the subway after he recites the law word for word that allows him to perform for donations. He continues to sing as he is being handcuffed. A "f--- the police" chant subsequently follows.

However, the NYPD told The Gothamist that Kalleen was charged with loitering and claimed that Kalleen does need a "permit" to play music because he is a "transit recidivist."

Sources: The Gothamist,, YouTube