‘Dancing is happiness’ subway saxophonist arrested over ‘MTA complaints’
The subway saxophonist known for playing music to a crowd of small robotic dancing cats and commuters was arrested last week for “impeding pedestrian flow and utilizing a sound reproduction device” at the 34th Street Herald Square subway station, the NYPD said.
In viral social media videos showing the Thursday arrest, the musician, John Ajilo, is seen being placed in handcuffs by several police officers at the same busking spot the performer has used for more than five years to set up his two speakers, grooving cats and a “dancing is happiness” sign.
Original article by Emily Lang, writing for Gothamist
Article submitted by, 22SnakePlissken5150.
This is the result of Eric Adams adding thousands more NYPD to the subways— they can’t stop shooters but they will harass homeless people, women selling churros, and our subway musicians. We’re giving billions to NYPD for them to abuse us and we’re not even a little safer for it https://t.co/WWVcUSqixr
— Olayemi Olurin (@msolurin) June 27, 2022
If this were a scene in a movie it'd be used to show that the world these characters live in is a fascist nightmare and the police are the villains.
But it's real. It took a half dozen coward cops to arrest a guy trying to spread the message that "Dancing is Happiness." https://t.co/lbgXBGstC9
— William Bibbiani (@WilliamBibbiani) June 27, 2022