City of Erie, PA
Erie County
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CROSS REFERENCES
Power to prevent riots — See 3rd Class § 2403(25) (53 P.S. § 37403 (25)).
Disorderly conduct — See 3rd Class § 2403(55) (53 P.S. § 37403(55)).
[Ord. 34-1966 § 1, passed 8-3-1966]
It shall constitute the offense of disorderly conduct for any person to disturb the good order and quiet of the City by clamor or noise, by intoxication and drunkenness, or by fighting and using obscene, profane or indecent language on the sidewalks, streets or in any public place or building in the City, to the annoyance of any of its residents, or to endanger or violate the public peace in any other manner by indecent or disorderly conduct, whether such conduct directly disturbs the tranquility of the City or consists in abusing, insulting, beating, striking, threatening to fight, provoking to quarrel or any other unlawful act against the person or property of any individual, detrimental to the public peace, or lewd, lascivious behavior tending to subvert good order.
[Ord. 34-1966 § 1, passed 8-3-1966; Ord. 20-1994 § 1, passed 3-16-1994]
The following acts, committed by any person with intent to provoke a breach of the peace, or whereby a breach of the peace may be occasioned, shall, among other acts above generally referred to, be guilty of the offense of disorderly conduct:
(a) 
Uses offensive, disorderly, threatening, abusive or insulting language, conduct or behavior.
(b) 
Acts in such a manner as to annoy, disturb, interfere with, obstruct or be offensive to others.
(c) 
Congregates with others on any street, alley or other public way or public place and refuses to move on when ordered by the police.
(d) 
Loiters or strolls in, about or upon any street, alley or other public way or public place and refuses to move on when ordered by the police.
(e) 
By his actions causes a crowd to collect, except when lawfully addressing such crowd.
(f) 
Shouts or makes a noise either outside or inside a building during the nighttime to the annoyance or disturbance of any number of persons.
(g) 
Interferes with any person in any place by jostling against such person or unnecessarily crowding him or by placing a hand in the proximity of such person's pocket, pocketbook or handbag.
(h) 
Stations himself on the public streets or follows pedestrians for the purpose of soliciting alms, or who solicits alms on the public streets unlawfully.
(i) 
Causes a disturbance in any streetcar, bus, railroad car, omnibus or other public conveyance by running through it, climbing through windows or upon the seats, or otherwise annoying passengers or employees therein.
(j) 
Stands on sidewalks or street corners and makes insulting remarks to or about passing pedestrians or annoys pedestrians.
(k) 
Looks, peers or peeps into, or be found loitering around or within view of any window not his own property with the intent of watching or looking through such window.
(l) 
Disturbs, tends to disturb or aids in disturbing the peace of others by violent, tumultuous, offensive or obstreperous conduct.
(m) 
Wanders about the streets, alleys or other public ways or places, or who is found abroad at late or unusual hours in the night without any visible or lawful business and not giving a satisfactory account of himself.
(n) 
Operating, playing or permitting the operation or playing of any radio, television, phonograph, drum, musical instrument, sound amplifier, automobile radio, automobile stereo or high fidelity equipment or similar device which produces, reproduces or amplifies sound:
(1) 
At any time of the day in such a manner from any source as to create a noise disturbance across a real property boundary; or
(2) 
In such a manner as to create a noise disturbance across any real property boundary when operated in or on a motor vehicle on a public right-of-way or public space; or
(3) 
In such a manner as to create a noise disturbance to any person other than the operator of the device, when operated by any passenger on a common carrier; or
(4) 
At such a sound intensity that the sound is audible from a distance of 50 feet in any public area, street or sidewalk of the City; when the sound source is in any public area, street or sidewalk of the City.
[Ord. 34-1966 § 2, passed 8-3-1966]
Policemen shall and may, within the City or upon property owned or controlled by the City or by a municipality authority of the City within the Commonwealth, either with or without warrant, but upon view, arrest and commit for hearing any and all persons guilty of disorderly conduct.
[Ord. 20-1994 § 2, passed 3-16-1994]
After hearing before a district magistrate, and conviction for the offense of disorderly conduct, the defendant shall be fined not more than $1,000, recoverable with costs, together with judgment of imprisonment of not more than 90 days if the penalty and costs are not paid.