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What is loitering?
Loitering is standing or waiting in a public place for no particular reason, for a protracted time (more than 30 seconds).
What are examples of public place?
Alley, avenue, back road, boulevard, footpath, terrace, byway, highway, lane, road, route, street, or any other public place.
What is not loitering?
Walking on a road, avenue, street, alley, foot path is not loitering.
Walking can be done for exercise, procuring things, or forwarding communications to various departments or locations.
Why is loitering a concern?
It can obstruct pedestrians or traffic in a specific public area.
What types of controversies, disputes, and harms have occurred due to ignorance or intentional misuse and misinterpretation of facts under the pretext of loitering?
March 5, 2013.
New York City Loitering Settlement
A class action lawsuit alleges that the City of New York, acting through the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”) and the District Attorneys’ Offices (“DAO”), wrongfully charged thousands of people for violations of three New York state loitering laws.
People are getting harassing letters of loitering when there is no loitering.
Many more controversies, disputes, and harms are unfolding.
Do you know any incident that falsely was interpreted as loitering?
Do you know any incident of loitering?
What are the details of the incident?
Questions you need to answer
Did the person stand still for more than 30 seconds on an alley, avenue, back road, boulevard, footpath, terrace, byway, highway, lane, road, route, street, or any other public place?
What are details of the location: Alley, avenue, back road, boulevard, footpath, terrace, byway, highway, lane, road, route, street, or any other public place?
What was the day, date, time, and location the person was loitering?
Did anyone witness the incident?
Whose path was obstructed by this incident?
How long did the person stand still for more than 30 seconds on an alley, avenue, back road, boulevard, footpath, terrace, byway, highway, lane, road, route, street, or any other public place?
How many times in a year did this happen?
Were pedestrians or traffic obstructed by the presence of the person standing still for more than 30 seconds in a specific public area?
Who reported this incident?
Who witnessed the incident?
Who verified the incident?
Does the person who reported, witnessed, or verified the incident lie or misinterpret the facts?
Does this person know that lying or misinterpreting facts is an offense?
If none of these has happened and anyone is still complaining, the scenario is likely racism, retaliation due to other reasons, or a hate crime.
What is your response to these facts?