New York Couple Jailed For Dancing On Empty Subway Platform

Those wishing to engage in dancing or “fun” must pay the proper fee to do so in a overpriced nightclub. The New York Post reports:

Now there’s no dancing in New York City. Caroline Stern, 55, and her boyfriend George Hess, 54, claim they were handcuffed for having happy feet on the platform of the Columbus Circle subway station — and spent 23 hours in custody as a result.

It was nearly midnight when Stern and Hess, a film-industry prop master, headed home last July from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night’s Swing. As they waited for the train, a musician started playing steel drums on the nearly empty platform and Stern and Hess began to feel the beat.

“We were doing the Charleston,” Stern said. That’s when two police officers approached. The cops asked for ID, but when Stern could only produce a credit card, the officers ordered the couple to go with them — even though the credit card had the dentist’s picture and signature. W

hen Hess began trying to film the encounter, things got ugly, Stern said. “We brought out the camera, and that’s when they called backup,” she said. “That’s when eight ninja cops came from out of nowhere.”

Hess was allegedly tackled to the platform floor, and cuffs were slapped on both of them. The initial charge, according to Stern, was disorderly conduct for “impeding the flow of traffic.” The charges, including resisting arrest, were later dropped. The couple has filed a Manhattan federal court suit against the city for unspecified damages.

10 Comments on "New York Couple Jailed For Dancing On Empty Subway Platform"

  1. terrorist 1 freedom 0

  2. Anarchy Pony | Jul 23, 2012 at 12:06 pm |

    What is this? Footloose?

  3. Only in America, the land of the free………………………………..

  4. Looks like this is a job for KEVIN BACON!!!

  5. I was once taken off the train by two very large cops for having my foot on a seat in an empty subway car.  i didn’t have ID so they started to get really ‘worried’. Eventually they let me go with a fifty dollar fine, but only after telling me that i was making them nervous by having my hands in my pockets, that they could trust no-one, that they were seriously considering locking me up because i did not want to carry my passport with me(that was my only form of ID as i’m from NZ and was staying in NY for a few months) and keeping me detained for 45 minutes. very surreal experience to think that i could have been locked up for having my foot on a seat. 

  6. another characteristic of a FASCIST REGIME: TWO TIERED JUSTICE SYSTEM

    while the elites operate their criminal establishments in relative freedom  …. the general population is subject to ever more increasing oppression and Draconian laws.

  7. Tchoutoye | Jul 23, 2012 at 12:49 pm |

    Apologies for stating the obvious, but ten cops tackling someone to the platform floor impedes the flow of traffic at lot more than two middle-aged flappers dancing the Charleston.

  8. Nazi York City strikes again

  9. 6Blackie6 | Jul 24, 2012 at 6:06 am |

    I think the issue here was the type of dancing.
    I believe Breakdancing is allowed on subway platforms, the Charleston is for  when it’s raining and you are outside.
    Nevermind… I think the Goosestep is the new official dance of New York City!

  10. Well, from what I read the charges against the couple were dropped. Looks from here like a few jobs-worths made an idiot call which not even the fascists in charge could take seriously.

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