[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Glocester 6-30-1883, as amended 10-14-1977 and 1-12-1979 (Ch. II, § 3, 2-03-01, of the 1991 Code). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- PUBLIC PLACE
- Any place to which the general public has access and a right to resort for business, entertainment, or other lawful purpose, but does not necessarily mean a place devoted solely to the uses of the public. It shall also include the front or immediate area of any store, shop, restaurant, tavern, or other place of business, and also public grounds, areas, or parks.
A person shall be guilty of disorderly conduct if, with the purpose of causing public danger, alarm, disorder, nuisance, or if his or her conduct is likely to cause public danger, alarm, disorder, or nuisance, he or she willfully does any of the following acts in a public place, or in a place openly observable from a public place:
Commits an act in a violent and tumultuous manner toward another whereby that other is placed in fear of safety of his/her life, limb or health;
Commits an act in a violent and tumultuous manner toward another whereby the property of any person is placed in danger of being destroyed or damaged;
Causes, provokes or engages in any fight, brawl or riotous conduct so as to endanger the life, limb, health, or property of another;
Interferes with another's pursuit of a lawful occupation by acts of violence;
Is in a public place under the influence of an intoxicating liquor or drug in such condition as to be unable to exercise care for his/her own safety or the safety of others;
Resists or obstructs the performance of duties by the Glocester Police or any other authorized official of the Town, when known to be such an official;
Incites, attempts to incite, or is involved in attempting to incite a riot;
Addresses abusive language or threats to any member of the Glocester Police Department, any other authorized official of the Town of Glocester who is engaged in the lawful performance of his/her duties, or any other person when such words have a direct tendency to cause acts of violence. Words merely causing displeasure, annoyance or resentment are not prohibited;
Damages, befouls, or disturbs public property or the property of another so as to create a hazardous, unhealthy, or physically offensive condition;
Fails to obey a lawful order to disperse by a police officer when known to be such an official, where one or more persons are committing acts of disorderly conduct in the immediate vicinity, and the public health and safety is imminently threatened;
Uses abusive or obscene language, or makes an obscene gesture;
Uses violent and forceful behavior at any time in or near a public place, such that there is a clear and present danger that free movement of other persons will be arrested or restrained, or other persons will be incapacitated in the lawful exercise of business or amusement;
Disturbs the peace of others by violent, indecent, offensive or boisterous conduct or language which was calculated to cause anguish or injury to another;
Roughly crowds or pushes any person in any public place;
Throws any stone, snowball, or any other missile upon or at any person, vehicle, building, tree, sign or other public or private property;
Wantonly makes a false alarm with reference to the request of fire-fighting apparatus or cries “fire” in any public place for the sole purpose of causing turmoil;
Prowls or wanders upon the private property of another, peeks in the door or window of any inhabited building or structure located thereon without visible or lawful business with the owner or occupant thereof;
Maliciously interrupts the speaker of any lawful assembly or impairs the lawful rights of others to participate effectively in such assembly or meeting when such conduct is calculated to provoke or tend to cause turmoil or disturbance;
Acts in a manner which tends to cause or provoke a disturbance near any public building wherein matters affecting the public are being considered, deliberated, designed, or implemented, and said conduct interferes with said public matters;
Frequents any public place with intent to obtain money from other persons by illegal and fraudulent schemes, tricks, artifices or devices;
Displays any deadly weapon in a public place in a manner which is calculated to alarm or frighten other persons present;
Exposes his or her genitals to the view of others under circumstances in which his/her conduct is likely to cause affront, distress, or alarm to such other persons.
This chapter shall not be construed to suppress the right to lawful assembly, picketing, public speaking, or other lawful means of expressing public opinion not in contravention of other laws.
Violation of any provision of this chapter shall be subject to a fine or imprisonment as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article I, Penalties; provided, however, that no person shall be fined more than $20 or imprisoned for more than 10 days for indecent intoxication.