A subway passenger in New York City was recently arrested by the NYPD for the crime of taking a nap on his way home from work.
A video recorded by an onlooker shows a black man on a nearly empty subway car being drug to the floor of the car while asking the officers why he was being arrested. The officers tell him to relax while struggling to the ground, and the man says, “I didn’t do sh**. I’m sleeping.”
Further on in the video, the man tells the other passengers and officers he was on his way home from work and asks others to record his arrest.
According to the NYPD, the man was breaking the Mass Transit Authority’s rules of conduct by “occupying more than one seat,” at a time and cited this as the man’s reason for arrest. The video is unclear though as to whether or not the man was occupying more than one seat.
This comes as part of the NYPD’s harsher standards for the city.
The NYPD, under Commissioner Bill Bratton, has adopted punishments and penalties for petty crimes which would normally result in fines or go unpunished. These petty crimes include being homeless and staying in the subways and dancing or creating improvised music for subway goers.
These standards have been derived from the “Broken Windows” theory of criminology, made famous by social scientists and criminologists James Wilson and George Kelling.
The theory connects social disorder with crime, saying no accountability for one broken window in a building sends the message throughout the area that “no one cares,” allowing petty crimes to go unpunished.