Street dancer arrested by police before performance outside of City Hall

Khrist Newman, 37 claims that he was arrested without probable cause when NYPD officers tackled and cuffed him on Oct. 2 for playing music without a permit near the Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall subway station. But Newman says his stereo was out of batteries that day.


A Brooklyn street performer who breakdances outside City Hall for a living is suing the city after he said cops tackled and arrested him before he could even begin his routine.

“I felt a little violated,” hip-hop dancer Khrist Newman, 37, said of the Oct. 2 public takedown. “I was baffled with the aggression they came up with.”

Those charges were tossed out by a judge in Manhattan Criminal Court in December, Newman and his lawyer, Michael Redenburg, said.

The NYPD declined to comment on pending litigation.

Newman, who says he has never been arrested before, now hopes for another run-in with de Blasio so he can ask the mayor to pass a law making it easier for street performers.

Read the full story at Daily News online.

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