Subway turnstiles. // Photo by Rudy Wilms

NYPD Won’t Arrest Fare-Beaters With Summons Warrants

Slipping through the closing emergency door, squeezing two people into one section of a revolving subway entrance, hopping over the turnstile: every straphanger has seen it. So have the cops.

Most people caught by NYPD after evading the subway fare get a slap on the wrist. But for individuals with summons warrants on their records, the act results in a handcuffed trip to jail.

But that may be changing.

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A bucket hat decorated with marijuana leaves on a Queens street // Eagle photo by David Brand

Vance Stops Pot Busts, Brown Will Proceed

Queens County District Attorney Richard Brown will not join his Manhattan counterpart in declining to prosecute low-level marijuana offenses — at least not yet.

In a statement to the Queens Daily Eagle, Brown said his office will wait to see how the New York Police Department’s new marijuana enforcement directives play out.

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