Three teen boys waiting for a school bus in Rochester, N.Y., were arrested Wednesday, after police claimed they obstructed pedestrian traffic by standing on the sidewalk.
The 16 and 17-year-old boys were charged with disorderly conduct, a catch-all that is often used to criminalize conduct of the homeless, or to punish those who are perceived as simply uncooperative, including school children.
A police report obtained by WROC in Rochester said the students were
obstructing “pedestrian traffic while standing on a public
sidewalk…preventing free passage of citizens walking by and attempting
to enter and exit a store…Your complainant gave several lawful clear and
concise orders for the group to disperse and leave the area without