As Twitchy reported in November, voters turned out in force to crush HERO, or the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. Better known locally as the “bathroom ordinance,” the legislation would have allowed transgender people to use public restrooms “consistent with their gender identity.”
Believe it or not, the right to urinate where one chooses is back in the news in 2016, as Mayor Bill de Blasio’s New York City adopts a set of bills that “would reduce the impact of the style of policing known as broken windows that has for two decades guided the Police Department to see minor disorder as a precursor to major crime.”
In other words, minor offenses could be steered toward civil rather than criminal courts. Such minor crimes include marijuana possession, littering, public consumption of alcohol, excessive noise, and yes, public urination.
The New York Times reported that the bills were a cooperative effort among Mayor de Blasio, the police, and parks and health departments: “Health officials, for example, agreed to repeal a section of the department’s rules that forbids public urination and defines it as a misdemeanor.” Freedom!
— MOAR FED (@Eradicator_NYC) January 26, 2016
— Taylor_NY (@NYPolJunkie) January 24, 2016
— Camilla Brieste (@CamillaBrieste) January 26, 2016
— Dave Fobare (@davefobare) January 27, 2016
NYC on the verge of allowing public urination –vs– hurting their 'feelings' by asking em not to break the law & urinate..-Rush #NYvalues
— Hardline Stance (@Hardline_Stance) January 26, 2016
Little pungent golden pools of cultural diversity. NYC will smell lively in the summer. Will women will be allowed this outdoor luxury, too?
— Vic Torrie (@torrie_vic) January 26, 2016
— Cora Tagge (@coratagge) January 27, 2016
It's a pee for all in New York. Forget racism, I discriminate against all street tinklers. https://t.co/WIKVfMXCfj
— Jennifer Horn (@JenniferHorn) January 26, 2016
Racism? Well, many who were previously arrested for these minor offenses were black. These minor offenses will no longer serve as a pipeline for racist police to send young black men into the criminal justice system.
Twitchy has been reporting quite a bit on Campaign Zero, which #BlackLivesMatter leader DeRay Mckesson has been working on during visits with Valerie Jarrett at the White House. The first of Campaign Zero’s federal solutions is to end broken windows policing and decriminalize activities such as marijuana possession, disorderly conduct, trespassing, loitering, and spitting. However, there’s no mention of public urination — whether to include it in President Obama’s executive actions on criminal justice reform must be under heavy discussion at the White House, where we assume they have and use gender-specific restrooms.
What is going on in NYC? Is this what the residents who live in NYC want?https://t.co/Rde17nmyhy
— William Gouldman (@WGouldman) January 27, 2016