In Progressive, Enlightened New York City, the city council has told police to stand down on enforcing laws against public urination. Because, apparently, holding all people to the expectation of not urinating in public is “RAYCISS!”
“We know that the system has been really rigged against communities of color in particular,” council member Melissa Mark-Viverito, a Democrat (of course – Ed.), told the Times. “So the question has always been, what can we do in this job to minimize unnecessary interaction with the criminal justice system, so that these young people can really fulfill their potential?”
On Monday, Mark-Viverito and other council members will introduce a set of bills called the Criminal Justice Reform Act. The laws are designed to make several quality-of-life laws much more toothless. Misdemeanor crimes to be nearly-but-not-quite decriminalized include public urination, excessive noise, drinking in public, marijuana possession and miscellaneous public park-related infractions.