Village of Cottage Grove, WI
Dane County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of Village of Cottage Grove 7-2-1984 as Secs. 10.19 and 10.25 of the 1984 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Peace and good order — See Ch. 235.

§ 208-1 Loitering or prowling.

No person shall loiter or prowl in a place, at a time or in a manner not usual for law-abiding persons under circumstances that warrant alarm for the safety of persons or property in the vicinity. Among the circumstances which may be considered in determining whether such alarm is warranted is the fact that the person takes flight upon appearance of a police officer, refuses to identify himself or herself, or manifestly endeavors to conceal himself or herself or any object. Unless flight by the person or other circumstances make it impracticable, a police officer shall, prior to any arrest for an offense under this section, afford the person an opportunity to dispel any alarm which would otherwise be warranted, by requesting the person to provide proper identification and explain his or her presence and conduct. No person shall be convicted of an offense under this section if the police officer did not comply with the preceding sentence, or if it appears at trial that the explanation given by the person was true and, if believed by the police officer at the time, would have dispelled the alarm.

§ 208-2 Obstruction of highway by loitering.

No person shall obstruct any street, bridge, sidewalk or crossing by lounging or loitering in or on the same after being requested by any police officer to move.

§ 208-3 Obstruction of traffic by loitering.

No person shall loaf or loiter in groups or crowds upon the public streets, alleys, sidewalks, street crossings or bridges or in any public place within the Village in such manner as to prevent, interfere with or obstruct the ordinary free use of such public streets, sidewalks, streets, crossings and bridges or other public places by persons passing along and over the same.

§ 208-4 Loitering after being requested to move.

No person shall loaf or loiter in groups or crowds on the public streets, sidewalks or adjacent doorways or entrances, street crossings or bridges or in any other public place or on any private premises without invitation from the owner or occupant, after being requested to move by any police officer or by any person in authority at such places.

§ 208-5 Loitering in public places.

No person shell loiter, lounge or loaf in or about any depot, theater, dance hall, restaurant, store, public sidewalk, public parking lot or other place of assembly or public use after being requested to move by any police officer. Upon being requested to move, a person must immediately comply with such request by leaving the premises or area thereof at the time of the request.

§ 208-6 Violations and penalties.

Any person who violates any provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a penalty as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, § 1-19 of this Code.