Barrington police unable to charge man who pooped in public

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Nature called, and then so did a neighbor.

On Friday, June 28, at about 4:30 p.m., a New Bedford, Mass. man who was working near Hamilton Avenue felt the urge to go the bathroom and reportedly defecated in partially wooded area near someone’s backyard.

A neighbor noticed the situation and called police who responded to the scene, but could not charge the individual. According to Barrington Police Chief John LaCross, the town does not have a law on the books prohibiting urinating or defecating in public. The closest-related ordinance is one for indecent exposure.

But the law could change tonight.

At its July 1 meeting, the Barrington Town Council is due to review the disorderly conduct statute in the town ordinances. The new law would state that “No person acting alone or in concert with others shall: … (F) Urinate or defecate on any public street, alley or sidewalk or the floor of any public place or public building where the public has the right to gather or to which it has access;”

The penalty for violating the ordinance is a fine of up to $100, 30 hours of community service, or imprisonment for up to 30 days.

The council will also hold public hearings for three other ordinances:

  • 2013-2, possession of alcohol by underage persons
  • 2013-4, peddling, soliciting and transiet merchants
  • 2013-6, salaries and compensation, non-union employees
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