City to strike ban on being willfully annoying

It's soon expected to be OK to be willfully annoying in Grand Rapids.
AP Wire
Mar 5, 2014

The City Commission is nixing a 38-year-old section of city code that states "no person shall willfully annoy another person."

City Attorney Catherine Mish recommended repealing the language, saying the wording is "unconstitutional in terms of being vague" and "simply unenforceable." A final decision is expected March 11.

Even with the change, related crimes such as obstructing someone in a public place or assault would still be on the books.

Mish has been scouring city code to find archaic rules. Last year, rules that got a look included one prohibiting people from riding horses on a sidewalk and another allowing jail time for failing to return a library book.

Comments

cvocvo

It will good to be in sync with the rest of the country ... where you can be annoying anytime you would like. Thanks GR.

Zegota

I totally agree, may as well follow the poltical powers in D.C and destroy any reasonable social behavior in public. Time to wake up America.

Harry Kovaire

Now if we could only ban the entitlement to never be offended.

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