Ald. Devon Reid (8th), taking over Monday as chair of Evanston’s Human Services Committee, wants to decriminalize a range of behaviors — from baring female breasts in public to throwing rocks at people.
He has scheduled committee votes on measures that would repeal ordinances that make it illegal:
- For non-breastfeeding women to show their breasts below the top of the nipple in public.
- For people engaged in illegal activity in a public place to keep doing it after being ordered to stop by police.
- For persons under 19 to be in a place not licensed for the sale of alcohol when they know alcohol is is being consumed by minors there.
- For minors to attempt to purchase alcohol.
Other measures he’s seeking would repeal ordinances that make it illegal:
- To use city parks overnight.
- To throw rocks at buildings and people.
- To have an open container of alcohol or cannabis in a motor vehicle or a public place.
- To be in possession of burglar’s tools.
Yet another proposed change would restrict the circumstances under which a person could be arrested for resisting or interfering with police.
On the other hand, Reid would add a new provision to the code making it illegal for intoxicated persons to operate bicycles, motor scooters or similar devices.
Finally, he’s also seeking, in apparent violation of the state Freedom of Information Act, to end public distribution of information about the identities of persons arrested by Evanston police.
The change in the public nudity provision is explained in a memo as eliminating “an unequal standard between two genders” that also creates “ambiguity for transgender and non-gender conforming residents.”
Memos in the committee packet describing the other proposed changes don’t provide a rationale for their adoption.
The Human Services Committee is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the City Council Chamber.