City of Aberdeen, MD
Harford County
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Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Commissioners of the Town of Aberdeen (now Mayor and Council of the City of Aberdeen) 5-23-1983 by Ord. No. 283 (Ch. 92 of the 1990 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Curfew — See Ch. 227.
Parades and assemblies — See Ch. 402.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 413.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ASSIGNATION
The making of any appointment or engagement for prostitution or lewd conduct or any act in furtherance of such appointment or engagement.
[Added 2-23-1998 by Ord. No. 507-98]
COMMERCIAL PREMISES
Any business premises operating for profit or any place of amusement or entertainment to which the general public is invited or permitted, including parking lots adjacent to or connected with such premises.
[Added 2-23-1998 by Ord. No. 507-98]
LAWFUL BUSINESS
The act of conducting, going to or returning from any social, educational, recreational, religious, business or any other activity not prohibited by law.
LEWDNESS
Any unnatural sexual practice.
[Added 2-23-1998 by Ord. No. 507-98]
LOITER
To idle, stand, remain, tarry or collect, gather or be a member of a group or crowd of people who are gathered together on any commercial or public premises without conducting any lawful business with the owner or operator thereof or having patronized such business establishments; to remain on such premises an unreasonable length of time after having been directed to leave by such owner, operator or authorized agent and a police officer, as prescribed in § 354-2B and C of this chapter.
[Amended 2-23-1998 by Ord. No. 507-98]
PLACE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Any place open to the public or any place to which the public is invited and in, on or around any privately owned place of business, private parking lot or private institution, including places of worship, cemeteries or any place of amusement and entertainment, whether or not a charge for admission or entry thereto is made. It includes the elevator, lobby, halls, corridors and areas open to the public of any store, office or apartment building.
PROSTITUTION
The offering or receiving of the body for sexual intercourse or sexual act for hire.
[Added 2-23-1998 by Ord. No. 507-98]
PUBLIC PLACE
Any street, sidewalk, bridge or alley or alleyway, plaza, park, driveway, parking lot or transportation facility or a motor vehicle in or on any such place.
[Amended 2-23-1998 by Ord. No. 507-98]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to disobey the direction or order of a police officer to desist in loitering at, on or near a public place or place open to the public when such loitering is impeding or hindering or may impede or hinder the free passage of pedestrian or vehicular traffic to, from or within such places.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to disobey the direction or order of a police officer to desist in loitering at, on or near a public place or a place open to the public when such loitering constitutes a clear and present danger to the public peace.
C. 
The order or direction of a police officer specified in Subsections A and B hereof shall remain effective for a period of 48 hours; thus, if such person resumes loitering within the same general area in the forty-eight-hour period of time, he or she shall be deemed to have disobeyed the direction or order of the police officer and thus be in violation of this chapter.
D. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to loiter, without the consent of the owner, operator or person in control, on or about any place open to the public after said premises has been closed for business purposes and after said person has been directed or ordered to leave by a police officer.
E. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to loiter on or about any place open to the public during business hours, after having been requested to leave by the owner, operator or person in control of said premises and after having been directed or ordered to leave by a police officer.
F. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to loiter on or about any commercial premises, during ordinary business hours, after having been requested to leave by the owner, operator or authorized agent of such premises and after having been directed to leave by a police officer.
[Added 2-23-1998 by Ord. No. 507-98]
G. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to loiter, without the consent of the owner, operator or authorized agent, within 250 feet of the exterior entrance of any commercial premises, including but not limited to a bar, tavern, restaurant, package goods store, game room or arcade, after such premises has been closed for business purposes after such person has been requested to leave by a police officer.
[Added 2-23-1998 by Ord. No. 507-98]
H. 
Nothing herein shall be construed so as to prevent any orderly picketing or other lawful assembly.
[Added 2-23-1998 by Ord. No. 507-98]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to congregate or assemble at the corner or corners of any of the streets, lanes or alleys or on any of the sidewalks or approaches thereto in said City, so as to obstruct the same, or at the entrance of any public or private building within the limits of said City, and to be engaged in loud and boisterous laughing or talking or making any rude, obscene or insulting comments, remarks or observations on persons passing by the same or in their hearing, or to so crowd or obstruct the sidewalks or approaches thereto so as to prevent the free and uninterrupted passage thereto, therefrom or through the same.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to congregate themselves or vehicles owned, operated or controlled by them at or on any public or private thoroughfare or parking area so as to obstruct the same or the free use thereof or in any disorderly manner as would tend to cause obstruction, loud or boisterous noise or rude, obscene or insulting comments or that might tend in any way to cause or promote violence, and said assembly shall immediately disperse upon the order of the owner of any such property or the person in control thereof or upon the order of any police officer.
C. 
It is unlawful for any person to idle, stand, remain, tarry or wander about in a public place in such a manner as to beckon to, repeatedly stop or repeatedly attempt to engage passersby in conversation, or repeatedly stop or attempt to stop motor vehicles or repeatedly interfere with the free passage of other persons, for the purpose of either engaging in or promoting prostitution, lewdness or assignation, after having been requested to leave by a police officer.[1]
[Added 2-23-1998 by Ord. No. 507-98]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original § 92-3D, added 2-23-1998 by Ord. No. 507-98, which immediately followed this subsection and prescribed a penalty, was deleted at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II). For penalties, see § 354-5, Violations and penalties.
It shall be unlawful for any person to beg, ask for or request money or items of value as a gift from another at a public place or place open to the public.
[Amended 4-9-1990 by Ord. No. 358-90]
A violation of this chapter is deemed to be a misdemeanor. Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine not to exceed $1,000 or imprisonment for a term of not to exceed six months, or both. In addition to any criminal penalties which may be imposed, the provisions of this chapter may be enforced by a request for injunction or court order filed on behalf of the City in a court of competent jurisdiction.