This is my first post on OP in a long, long time. But I'm fired up, friends.
Tonight the Carrboro Board of Aldermen heard a report from the police chief that the anti-lingering ordinance in place since 2007 has been a success. No one has been arrested using the ordinance though many, apparently, have been threatened by the police and "educated."
There were five or six people in attendance in support of the ordinance and, unfortunately, I was the only member of the public there to speak against it. I called it a preemptive strike on civil liberties and below what Carrboro is all about.
And I mentioned that I know what it is like to be the victim of an assault and to live in a place where I had reason to be concerned for my safety when walking down my street.
I don't see the Carrboro I have long admired in this ordinance.
Carrboro should have a public hearing about this issue (and will in late March), have a real soul searching about this what this ordinance reflects about us, should repeal this violation of human rights immediately, and get creative without sinking below respect for basic human rights and civil rights and liberties.
I hope more OP folks will again speak out publicly and in person against this policy.