Robert Lederman and a fellow artist Jack Nesbitt were arrested shortly after 12:00pm on Sunday afternoon on the High Line esplanade in Chelsea. This was Mr. Lederman's 43rd arrest related to artist vending in parks and his second arrest on the High Line in two weeks. According to Mr. Lederman the officers told him that the arrests were directly ordered by Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe. An audio tape of the incident reveals the officers actions were sanctioned by the parks department's legal department.
"Show me in writing in the parks rules where there's any reference to I can't sell on the High Line." Mr. Lederman responds. "The sign that's downstairs says no un-permitted vending it doesn't say no vending. And I'm exempt from the permit. You don't need to be a lawyer to understand this." (The video does not show the inspector producing any document)
"Based on a conversation with our legal department," Inspector Reeves replies, "I'm here to tell you..." Mr. Lederman interrupts "Your legal department which has arrested me 35 times before and lost every lawsuit I've thrown up."