A 20-year-old man was arrested Tuesday at 2038 Darrow Ave. and charged with violating the city’s spitting ordinance. This and other stories in today’s daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. spittin!???

    I'd love to read the ordinance that makes spitting illegal. Obviously, spitting can be disgusting and rude, but at times it may be 'necessary'… Let's not go into details. Whatever the reason, this seems like an exaggerated law and a complete waste of time.

    1. I’m sure the suspect provoked

      I'm sure the suspect provoked the police officer, but since we don't know the entire story…we probably shoulndn't assume the person was being a good samaritan, and spit to clear his/her throat.  

        Saliva, by the way, can be very dangerous for first responders and other innocent victims when sprayed in the face with it.  It shouldn't be allowed for that reason.

  2. Just Guessing

    If I had to guess, the kid was a jerk to the cop.  Almost anyone could talk their way out of this if your apologetic and polite to the cop.  I'm not saying police should take the person's attitude under consideration when deciding to arrest or not, but it happens.

    1. You’re on the right track

      That's not exactly how it happened, but you're on the right track.

      According to the police report, the incident occurred during a traffic stop. While the officer was performing a "safety patdown" to check for weapons, he said the offender spat at his feet. The officer told him not to do that,and he did it again, according to the report. It was the second spitting that triggered the arrest, according to police.



  3. spitting?

    Are council members and the Mayor exempt from this ordinance, like they are from talking on their cell phones while driving?

    It seems like they are spitting all the time during council meetings!

  4. Guns

    If people would put away guns then we wouldn't have the police state that we have now.

    If you want to have more freedom, then we need to get our neighbors in line and get rid of the violence. When we bring in the police, our kids get harassed. We need to do it ourselves.

    Protect our young people, get rid of the guns. If you know someone who has a gun, tell them to get rid of it. If you know someone who is always wanting to "get someone back" talk to them. We, us, the neighborhood are responsible for stopping it. If we ask the police in, they will do what police do.

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