N.J. Town Outlaws Sleeping In Public

Police Chief: Ordinance Designed To Deal With Homeless

ROSELLE PARK, N.J. (1010 WINS) — Getting some shuteye in one New Jersey town could land you in hot water, depending on where you lay your head, 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports.

In Roselle Park, it is against the law and you could be fined or arrested for sleeping in public.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports

One resident couldn’t help but laugh when she heard the news.

“Isn’t that a little crazy? I mean, if you fall asleep, like if I were to sit down on this bench and wait for a bus and I fell asleep, that’s against the law?” she said. “Don’t you think that’s a little crazy?”

Even though that’s the letter of the law, Police Chief Paul Morrison said drowsy drivers and napping babies need not worry.

“This ordinance was amended to help assist the police in addressing the increasing problem of homeless people sleeping on benches,” Morrison said.

Business owners said they’re a nuisance and eyesore, but one resident disagreed with the adopted solution.

“It would be easier if they would help them out,” he said.








One Comment

  1. Eric says:

    Off the topic:

    I have a problem with the way the messages are displayed, It is hard to tell if it is a comment to the article or a reply to an existing comment. I see some herozental lines, but they don’t mean anything to me. Does anyone else have this problem.

    It would be helpful to have an indentation when it is a reply.

  2. Mark says:

    A long while ago, I remember seeing homeless people sleeping during the day and as passers-by made comments, such as “look at those lazy “£$%&’s just sleeping all the time” I too wondered why.

    It wasn’t until I myself became homeless that I found out…

    Homeless people are constantly attacked and almost always at night, so basically they’re too freaking scared to sleep. Consequesntly, they sleep during the day, often in plain view, when and where it’s much safer!

    Fyi… I was homless in Tucson, AZ, where sleeping rough is 100% illegal. So the homeless have to search out ‘hiding places’ which usually means ‘City Property’ e.g. wash tunnels, etc. But when caught by the eager-eye police, they are given tickets to attend court, which is followed by a ridiculous fine the judge knows they can’t pay, which then results in an arrest warrent… and when next caught… it’s jail time!!!

    Believe me, it’s no fun being homeless!!!

    1. Santiago says:

      America is a police state.

  3. uncommonsense says:

    Another example of stupid laws enacted by stupid people who do have the foresight to weigh the consequences of the bills they introduce. If the city council had taken just a couple of hours of “what if” considerations into their meeting, all this would have been brought to light and amendments taken before the legislation enacted………but nO !!! Seems they were in too big a hurry to adjourn to the local tavern for drinks.

    1. robertsgt40 says:

      Yeah, that’s real smart legislation. Now if you’re homless you can get three squares and a bunk. All you gotta do is snooze on a bench. How much will that cost….the taxpayer? LOL

  4. Gray Lance says:

    We live in a country that creates joblessness which creates homelessness, for the most part… and now this state says you can’t fall asleep if you don’t have four walls about you…. sign of things to come I’d say.

    1. Michael McConnell says:

      Actually drug and alcohol addiction is the major cause for homelessness.

      1. robertsgt40 says:

        Used to be.

  5. ConservativeYahoo says:

    They should enforce this law in CONGRESS!!

  6. PTTP2 says:

    Be patient folks, this is just the first step in a PROCESS to legally turn the poor into SLAVES. First you ARREST the poor and criminalize poverty, THEN you put them into FOR PROFIT PRIVATE PRISONS to work for nothing in the PRISON INDUSTRIES EMPLOYING PRISON SLAVE WORKERS.

    1. not-a-gay says:

      oh freaking calm down Art Bell!
      get a job too!!!!!!

  7. Mike says:

    The criminalization of homelessness continues apace in this country.

    And the utterly braindead concept of fining the homeless for sleeping in public: where are they supposed to get the money to pay the fine if they are jobless and homeless?!?!?

    A lot of thought must have gone into the creation of this legislation!

  8. Borsia says:

    So given that the top 15% of earners pay over 87% of all taxes just what is Their fair share?
    There are some here how obviously believe that the US should be a socialist country where the only thing someone earns by being enterprising and creating businesses, which creates jobs, is a higher penalty and no better lifestyle.
    Or perhaps they believe in the communist ideal where all jobs no matter how much training, read doctor, pay exactly the same. So what if it cost a small fortune and 12 years, minimum, of college.
    Fortunately in the US if you do well you still get to keep some of your money and you can buy a nicer car or house or whatever you choose.
    But there are those who believe that if you do have a business and some homeless person wants to set up camp in front of it driving away customers that you shouldn’t be able to say “bugger off”. That you should just accept your lost sales. Or that if you want to take your child to te park and there are questionable, and perhaps very smelly, people camped on the benches around the playgroung you should take your child elsewhere.

  9. way says:

    “we will make endless ridiculous laws to cause dissent
    between the people and their government”.

    from The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

    1. derp says:

      The Elders of Zion were a hoax used to encourage murder against Jews, you idiot.

  10. blow says:

    The FAT pig GOP would pay their fair share of taxes instead building McMansions and consuming the world’d goods and getting FATTER and FATTER maybe there would be some money to help these people. The GOP is destroying this country.

    1. liberty says:

      Another stupid comment – How about looking at John Kerry’s yacht, the Kennedy’s compounds, John Edwards and Al Gore’s mansions, George Soros, David Letterman, Joy Behar, Oprah, Barb Striiesand, Nancy Pelosi and her husband’s millkions. It isnt political parties. You are being played by both sides.

    2. O-blame-a says:

      Well BLOW, open your front door and your wallet, then preach to everyone else. GET BACK ON THE PLANTATION LIKE A GOOD LITTLE LIBERAL!!!

    3. Jim says:

      You are a complete moron.

    4. wow says:

      Are you really that stupid? Stereotype much? You are a great example of a media brainwashed liberal. Do yourself a favor; get out in society with your eyes open and your heart soft and you’ll see the real problem. Please quite pigeonholeing the GOP.

  11. Fred54 says:

    Sounds like that police dept will be getting into the public housing and universal
    single payer health insurance business. Swell we need the services.

  12. Tommy Tornado says:

    If every liberal would take one homeless person home with them there would be no more homeless!

    1. Ten Megaton says:

      Yeah like that is going to happen.

    2. Spider says:

      Or liberals.

  13. James Meikle says:

    As usual the libs haven’t figured it out. The city really wants to help low paid lawyers. You can bet that theres a line up already and you can bet that they will, even if they lose

  14. JesseJamez says:

    When sleeping is outlawed then only outlaws will sleep.

  15. nygrump says:

    “Even though that’s the letter of the law, Police Chief Paul Morrison said drowsy drivers and napping babies need not worry.

    “This ordinance was amended to help assist the police in addressing the increasing problem of homeless people sleeping on benches,” Morrison said”


  16. henry says:

    This is a way of getting the homeless to leave this town. If they went somewhere else, that would be someone elses problem. By regulating low end housing out of existence, forces people on the edge to become homeless. In the 1950’s, it was not uncommon for apartments to share one bathroom between 3 apartments. Now, every apartment must have a toilet, oven, electricity every 12 feet.

  17. Kermie says:

    Who’d thunk that outlaws were sleeping in Roselle Park, New Jersey?.

  18. Dollarshort says:

    Wake them up and put them on a bus to California. California will accept and provide for them.

    1. Day late says:

      We have plenty of homeless already and more will be coming from within the state now that Jerry Moonbean is the gov. Keep your homeless.

  19. Red Ruffansore says:

    Want to really do something useful? Ignore that law and arrest anyone acting like a liberal. Public stupidity should carry a hefty fine. Liberalism is probably what created so many bums sleeping all over your blue little city.

  20. Chris says:

    If I were homeless and sleeping on a bench in the winter, I’d welcome a police officer arresting me and putting me in a cell for the night.

    1. Bev Wafford Morris says:

      Ain’t that the truth?!

  21. Michael says:

    If you can’t sleep in a private place and you can’t sleep in a public place, where can you sleep?

  22. Entrepreneur says:

    I’m going to make a fortune selling those novelty glassees with the open eyeballs
    painted on them. Also good sellers for high school kids for sleeping in class!

  23. Brian Barbier says:

    Town outlaws sleeping in public???? If they are outlaws they should be behind bars getting good food and bedding!!!! 🙂

    1. Luther says:

      You have obviouslly never been to jail. I have spent a month in 6 jails, extradicted across state lines and never even broke a law. My state took my license away for 2 yrs because of a database discrepency they refused to acknowledge and police falsified reports and accepted false witness testimony to pin me with drugs that a bunch of drug convicts i didn’t even know stashed in my hotel room. I used to work for NASA and the Def Dept. and now i have a record and i did nothing!!! You have no rights and no constitution in jail, it’s border line torture nowadays!!!! Try it sometime!!!!

    2. TryCivility says:

      What a snarky and prejudiced comment that shows that even common civility is “out the window”.

  24. ghostsouls says:

    Yeah right, fine a homeless person with no money, LOL Why do these people go about the problem bassackwards?? Like the town that wants to fine people for leaving their cars unlocked…to cut crime…umm why not arrest and prosecute the CRIMINALS perpetrating these crimes?? They had no business putting their hands on that car to begin with, it wasn’t theirs. And here instead of finding the homeless, less fortunate people a REAL place to sleep they want to fine them for money they don’t have, or incarcerate them???? Pick these people up, take them to a shelter… to protect and server means ALL citizens, not just the ones you like, or the ones with money.

  25. lennyisright says:

    This town is on to something..cuff the last Congress

    1. MTS says:

      Really now, is it? What do you get paid to this, Christian?

  26. Kervokian says:

    Does anyone get to arrest the mayor if he sleeps outside near or on the public benches of the city? Come on, the public servants do and maintanence do the same in the trucks or whatever while on the job and nobody notices looking at it.
    What about police officers taking a break during the day or night outdoors in the cars? What about the homeless in vehicles in the area and that wasn’t addressed either?
    It’s like clearing out detroit after the GM car company production left long ago. Now they want to make it a national park for the homeless, unemployed and the destitute of the super recession recently.

  27. jewelwilson says:

    i wonder if they will charge the cops asleep behind the high school and the police station. The cheif has been asleep at the wheel for years ….

    1. Joe says:

      Another reason why Jersey is truly a cesspool.

  28. Illegal Immigrant says:

    This is the very epitome of despicable. This town should be boycotted.

  29. bob & babs says:

    Most of these comments make me ashamed to be a human.

  30. Dadzrites says:

    How about this one: Many of our country’s history of paupers, vagabonds and fugitives were lawyers. Read on:

    If there is a stain on the record of our forefathers, a dark hour in the earliest history of the American Colonies, it would be the hanging of the “witches” at Salem.

    But that was a pinpoint in place and time–a brief lapse into hysteria. For the most part, our seventeenth century colonists were scrupulously fair, even in fear.

    There was one group of people they feared with reason–a society, you might say, whose often insidious craft had claimed a multitude of victims, ever since the middle ages in Europe.

    One group of people were hated and feared from Massachusetts Bay to Virginia. The Magistrate would not burn them at the stake although surely a great many of the colonists would have surely recommended such a solution. Our forefathers were baffled by them.

    In the first place where did they come from? Of all who sailed from England to Plymouth in 1620, not one of them was aboard.

    “VERMIN.” That’s what the Colonist called them. Parasites who fed on human misery, spreading sorrow and confusion wherever they went.

    “DESTRUCTIVE.” they were called.

    And still they were permitted co-existence with the colonists. For a while, anyway. Of course there were colonial laws prohibiting the practice of their infamous craft. Somehow a way was always found around all those laws.

    In 1641, Massachusetts Bay colony took a novel approach to the problem. The governors attempted to starve the “devils” out of existence through economic exclusion. They were denied wages, and thereby it was hoped that they would perish.

    Four years later, Virginia followed the example of Massachusettes Bay and for a while it seemed that the dilema had been resolved.

    It had not, somehow the parasites managed to survive, and the mere nearness of them made the colonists skin crawl.

    In 1658, in Virginia, the final solution: Banishment; EXILE. The “treacherous ones” were cast out of the colony. At last, after decades of enduring the psychological gloom, the sun came out and the birds sang, and all was right with the world. And the elation continued for a generation.

    I’m not sure why the Virginians eventually allowed the outcasts to return, but they did. In 1680 after twenty-two years, the despised ones were readmitted to the colony on the condition that they be subjected to the strictest surveillance.

    How soon we forget!!

    For indeed over the next half century or so, the imposed restrictions were slowly, quietly swept away. And those whose treachery had been feared since the middle ages ultimatly took their place in society.

    You see, the “vermin” that once infested colonial America, the parasites who prayed on the misfortunes of their neighbors until finally they were officially banished from Virginia, those dreaded, despised, outcasts masters of confusion were lawyers.

    From “Paul Harvey’s” The rest of the story.
    Paul Harvey is a national talk show host.

  31. MTS says:

    I love American so-called Christians and their hatred of anyone beneath them. Shame on you.

    1. Taxpayer550 says:

      I love so-called tolerant liberals who are intolerant of Christians. By maligning Christians as haters of people, and not haters of certain behaviors, they magnify their own hypocrisy.

      1. MTS says:

        The best you can come up with with a statement so far removed from the fact.. Face it, you’re not a Christian and never will be.

      2. Bob Gentile says:

        Since roughly three out four Americans identify themselves as Christians, it seems fair to say that they disdain… Americans.

    2. Bev Wafford Morris says:

      As a Christian, I’m offended by this town’s actions and by your comment. You are obviously prejudiced against me, which is your problem. How sad for you.

  32. Darryl says:

    If the town outlaws are sleeping in public, it should be easy to arrest them.

  33. Mike E. says:

    Ahhhh – sounds like “Elite Liberalism” to me.

    Making poor people buy their own insurance isn’t enough, now they’re giving fines to people who FALL ASLEEP – ?

    Just like Health insurrance: “Sleeping is a Right… but I never said it was going to be free.”

  34. Chuck says:

    Funny, I bet that picture is of the reporter. Nice clean coat,pants and shoes, hands are clean. Barely a wrinkle on any of the clothes. This guy is just posing as homeless.

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