Back when I was a courier in Boston, I rode a free wheel with just a front brake. So basically I had no way of stopping quickly if going over 10 mph, and was a danger to everyone on the street, especially myself. But the cops could see the (pratically useless) front brake, and because I wore a baseball cap and leather jacket they never bothered me. They'd pick on the couriers with fixed gear, with their fancy elf shoes and crap. As long as I didn't dress like a courier, I got away with whatever I felt like doing.
What kinda frame is that? It looks like a Bianchi Pista, but since it's painted over I'm just guessing at random really.