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Free MetroCard swipes are being given away around the city today to protest the NYPD

By
Will Gleason
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Activists are swiping people into the subway for free around the city today to protest recent NYPD crackdowns and raise awareness about the legality of sharing a MetroCard.  

The #SwipeItForward events took place at 4/5/6 stop at 125th street in Harlem and the Nostrand Avenue A/C stop in Brooklyn this morning. More are planned at stops around the city for this evening’s commute.

Under current MTA rules, it’s completely legal to offer someone a swipe into the subway while you’re leaving (as long as they don’t ask you for it) and is a nice thing to do to help out a person in need.

The NYPD has cracked down on fare evaders in recent years, primarily affecting low-income communities of color. It was the primary arrest category in NYC last year with 92 percent of those charge being people of color. 

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