AOC encourages New York City subway fare jumping

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Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez encouraged toll jumping in the New York City metro system after anti-NYPD protesters swarmed a Brooklyn station and leaped over the turnstiles without paying subway fares.

“Ending mass incarceration means challenging a system that jails the poor to free the rich. Arresting people who can’t afford a $2.75 fare makes no one safer and destabilizes our community,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “New Yorkers know that, they’re not having it, and they’re standing up for each other.”

Almost 1,000 protesters marched in Brooklyn on Friday night to air their grievances against the NYPD, claiming police brutality as well as fare evasion enforcement plans against toll jumpers who avoid paying the $2.75 fare.