OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC ORDER AND DECENCY: Disruptions 

   

If conduct consists of speech or other communication, of gathering with others to hear or observe such speech or communication, or of gathering with others to picket or otherwise express in a nonviolent manner a position on social, economic, political, or religious questions, the actor must be ordered to move, disperse, or otherwise remedy the violation prior to his arrest if he has not yet intentionally harmed the interests of others which those sections seek to protect. 

The order may be given by a peace officer, a fireman, a person with authority to control the use of the premises, or any person directly affected by the violation. 

It is a defense to prosecution: 

  • that in circumstances in which this section requires an order no order was given; 
  • that an order, if given, was manifestly unreasonable in scope; 
  • that an order, if given, was promptly obeyed. 

DISRUPTING MEETING OR PROCESSION.  

A person commits an offense if, with intent to prevent or disrupt a lawful meeting, procession, or gathering, he obstructs or interferes with the meeting, procession, or gathering by physical action or verbal utterance. 

FUNERAL SERVICE DISRUPTIONS.  

“Facility” means a building at which any portion of a funeral service takes place, including a funeral parlor, mortuary, private home, or established place of worship. 

“Funeral service” means a ceremony, procession, or memorial service, including a wake or viewing, held in connection with the burial or cremation of the dead. 

“Picketing” means: standing, sitting, or repeated walking, riding, driving, or other similar action by a person displaying or carrying a banner, placard, or sign; engaging in loud singing, chanting, whistling, or yelling, with or without noise amplification through a device such as a bullhorn or microphone; or blocking access to a facility or cemetery being used for a funeral service. 

A person commits an offense if, during the period beginning three hours before the service begins and ending three hours after the service is completed, the person engages in picketing within 1,000 feet of a facility or cemetery being used for a funeral service. 

An offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor. 

FALSE ALARM OR REPORT.  

A person commits an offense if he knowingly initiates, communicates or circulates a report of a present, past, or future bombing, fire, offense, or other emergency that he knows is false or baseless and that would ordinarily: 

  • cause action by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies; 
  • place a person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury;  or 
  • prevent or interrupt the occupation of a building, room, place of assembly, place to which the public has access, or aircraft, automobile, or other mode of conveyance. 

An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor unless the false report is of an emergency involving a public or private institution of higher education or involving a public primary or secondary school, public communications, public transportation, public water, gas, or power supply or other public service, in which event the offense is a state jail felony. 

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