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Arrested Subway Musician Says MTA Rules Allowed Him to Stay

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Police arrest a subway performer after an argument with an officer on a station platform, and the whole thing is caught on camera.

It happened early Friday morning at the Lorimer Street-Metropolitan Avenue station on the G line.

Video shows the officer trying to eject the performer, who says that according to the MTA's Rules of Conduct he is allowed to be there.

Performer: "You just read the rule that said I'm allowed to be here.
Officer: "You're being ejected. Get your stuff. You're leaving here."
Performer: "I'm not."
Officer: "No, you are leaving here, either by force or you're going to go out of here on your own."

After the initial disagreement the performer goes back to playing.

The officer orders him to stop and even takes his guitar, but he continues singing anyway.

The performer then tries to start playing again, but is ejected from the station.

Police charged the man with loitering.

The MTA's Rules of Conduct appear to allow for artistic performances as long as they don't interfere with transit service.

The NYPD says it is aware of the video and it is under internal review.

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