The mind police are after us again people!
He was probably Talking While Black… It’s like a DWI but worse!
A New York court will decide soon if it is a crime to stand on the street having a conversation.
A man arrested after a conversation with friends in NY’s eternally busy Times Square has asked the state’s highest court to dismiss the case.
The Court of Appeals heard arguments in Albany on Wednesday and could rule next month, The New York Times reported in its Thursday editions.
Matthew Jones was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest – by flailing his arms – on June 12, 2004. Police said other people ‘had to walk around’ him, and that he would not move when asked.
The Brooklyn man pleaded guilty to a violation after spending a night in jail, but he later appealed. Courts have upheld his arrest so far.
His lawyer, Nancy E. Little, said Wednesday there was no legal justification for arresting Jones for simply standing on the street.
‘You need something more,’ she said. ‘You need to be being verbally abusive, or really blocking lots of people, or lying down on the sidewalk.’
But assistant Manhattan district attorney Paula Rose-Stark said the disorderly conduct arrest was warranted, noting that Jones’ behavior stood out ‘amid the inevitable hustle and bustle of Times Square.’