Common sense should prevail with the understanding of no harm from standing peacefully on a sidewalk.The individual believes they have the right to do said act and tell this to the officer.
The officer believes they do not have the right to do said act.
So - it's one person's view against the other - who has the authority to settle this conflict? What should be done?
Meh, seems like there are more important priorities for police than arresting people for peacefully standing on a sidewalk.What should be done is that the officer takes the individual to the precinct - and the report is processed and a magistrate (an uninvolved third party) makes the ultimate decision.
If there was no wrong done there are no charges filed and the individual is released.