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Woman Defecates near Shorewood Bus Stop, Tells Police 'I Just Had to Go'

Police cite woman, who said she had diarrhea and just had to go, for disorderly conduct after defecating twice near a Shorewood bus stop.

When you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go. At least that was the case for a 41-year-old homeless woman Sunday morning.

According to the police report, witnesses observed the woman defecating behind a bus stop and yelling loudly in the 1800 block of East Capitol Drive at 4:16 a.m.

She told police she had diarrhea and just had to go.

Officers warned the woman and left the scene, but 20 minutes later, received another call about her relieving herself near the same bus stop.

Police then cited her for disorderly conduct.

India McCanse September 21, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Cricket - I've worked with homeless and low income populations my whole career and respectfully, you are not correct in your assumptions. I wonder why the need to report whether or not she had a home is important - should we ask if someone is straight or has a mental illness or a driver's license? What purpose does that serve except to further separate her from those of us who are privileged enough to live in Shorewood? Of all the things that could have been reported on that day in Shorewood, it's unfortunate that a person's most personal illness was chosen and in way that made such light of the woman. No dignity was afforded her in "When you gotta go, you gotta go." I invite you to visit the Guest House, the Cathedral Center, Repairers of the Breach or any of the fine organizations that serve members of our community without sustainable housing - you might be surprised at what you find.
CowDung September 21, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Don't you think that knowing that the person was homeless lends a level of understanding and/or sympathy toward her actions? The story was also included the fact that the defecation was due to illness and unavoidable rather than a deliberate choice to take such an action. I agree with Cricket and will defend Adam's professionalism and integrity.
Bob McBride September 24, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I don't think India was suggesting a diarrhea free-for-all in the streets of Shorewood. In fact, there would have been one less incident had the cops decided to actually do something about the woman's obvious condition initially instead of waiting until it happened again and, then, slapping a ticket on her. It might be nice if Adam did kind of follow up or clarify if, in addition to being given a ticket for disorderly conduct, any other action was taken - or if they just sent her on her way after that.
Bob McBride September 24, 2012 at 05:09 PM
As for whether or not the woman should have been classified as "homeless": Since her name wasn't given, I don't see what harm was done by including that information. In fact, in a case like this its inclusion calls into question her proper treatment at the hands of the cops. Had this been someone who actually had a home in the area in which to "do the deed", the ticket might, in fact, make a bit more sense. Given that, if homeless, it's unlikely she had any other place reasonably available to her in the vicinity, the ticket seems a bit harsh.
Tom September 24, 2012 at 06:32 PM
No pain, no strain, just let it drain! -Picked a great place to dump IMO ;)

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