NEW YORK CITY — The New York Police Department is cracking down on the subway showmen who use the transit system as moving stages for impromptu — and illegal — pass-the-hat performances. More than 240 people have been arrested on misdemeanors related to acrobatics so far this year, the Associated Press reported.

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Police Commissioner William Bratton acknowledges he is targeting subway acrobats as part of his embrace that low-grade lawlessness can cultivate a greater sense of disorder and embolden more dangerous offenders, according to the report.

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