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In this June 17, 2014 photo, Dashawn Martin, center, a member with the dance troupe W.A.F.F.L.E., which stands for We Are Family For Life Entertainment, performs on a subway, in New York. The subway acrobats said they’re just out to entertain, make a living and put a little communal levity in New York’s no-eye-contact commuting. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

New York City police to subway acrobats: Sit down

Subway acrobats, dancers and musicians on Tuesday decried what they said was heavy-handed policing, gathering outside City Hall to join critics of a police clampdown on minor offenses.

One activist suggested a temporary halt to subway performer arrests, which have spiked this year as officers zeroed in on minor crimes to set a tone of not tolerating lawlessness. But several performers said they just hope to arrange a way to perform without fearing arrest. (AP)

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