[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Barrington 10-9-1986 as Ord. No. 86-6. (Ch. IV of Title Seven of the 1965 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
RHODE ISLAND GENERAL LAWS (AS AMENDED)
Disorderly conduct — See § 11-11-1 et seq.
The Town of Barrington is primarily a residential community. Virtually no residential areas within the town have public sidewalks, and only limited commercial areas have public sidewalks. The residents of the Town of Barrington are desirous of being protected in the peaceful and tranquil use of their personal residences. The town has an abiding interest in assuring that its public rights-of-way are available for traffic and that persons utilizing the public rights of way for passage on foot do not unreasonably interfere with vehicular use thereof.
Picket lines and picketing shall be prohibited in front of, adjacent to or with respect to any property used for residential purposes, except where such picketing relates to a use or activity being carried on within such property.
Where permitted, picketing shall be subject to the following additional regulations:
Picketing shall be conducted only on sidewalks or other town-owned areas normally used or reserved for pedestrian movement, including easements and rights-of-way, and shall not be conducted on a portion of any street used primarily for vehicular traffic where, in the opinion of the Police Chief, such use would result in a threat to the safety of the pickets or constitute an unreasonable obstruction of traffic.
Not more than ten (10) pickets promoting the same objective shall be permitted to use a public area in which picketing is permitted within one (1) block in the town at any one (1) time.
Such pickets may carry written or printed placards or signs not exceeding two (2) feet in width and two (2) feet in height promoting the objective for which the picketing is being carried on; provided, however, that the words used are not defamatory or violence-provoking in nature. The staff on which such placard is carried shall not exceed forty (40) inches in length, shall be made of wood, shall not exceed three-fourths (3/4) of an inch in diameter at any point and shall be blunt at each end.
Pickets shall walk in single file and not abreast and shall not march closer together than fifteen (15) feet, except in passing one another.
If pickets promoting different objectives desire to use the same public area for picketing and such use would result in the presence of more than ten (10) pickets thereon, the Police Chief shall allot time to each group of pickets for the use of such public area on an equitable basis.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry any gun, knife, blackjack, nightstick or other dangerous weapon or instrument utilized as a weapon while participating in a picket line or group demonstration.
Whenever the free passage of any street or other public area in the town shall be obstructed by pickets, persons picketing shall disperse or move along when directed to do so by a police officer of the town.
Whoever violates any of the provisions of this chapter shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars ($500.). Each violation shall constitute a separate offense.