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Discussion in 'Leaks & Legal' started by ElRondo, Feb 16, 2008.

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  1. ElRondo Member

    Legal Index

    For any peaceful protest to work effectively, the protesters must know the laws specific for their cities, states and ultimately their countries. In America alone, compiling all that information could be an exhaustive process.

    What I'm suggesting is an Index thread with local, state and national statutes listed. The research would not have to be done by a single person because there are so many people involved in this cause.

    To weed out false information, statute designations (for example: "statute 21.12 says blah blah blah" or what have you) should be listed. Bullshit could easily be called, things can easily be checked by all users. Protests would immediately be made safer for all.

    The information needed would be in regards to masks, wigs, make-up, etc. As well as permissible signage material, noise levels allowed, permits that need applying for, etc.

    I am currently looking into Wisconsin State statutes. Soon I will move on to Minnesota State statutes. Then to the local laws governing the cities of Milwaukee, Minneapolis and St. Paul. So far I have found this information:

    SWEDEN
    In Sweden all public gatherigns falls under the Lag om sammankomster 22.4.1999/530

    You can find the law text here... FINLEX ® - Uppdaterad lagstiftning: 22.4.1999/530

    UNITED STATES

    ARIZONA
    Arizona State Statutes
    13-2902. Unlawful assembly; classification
    A. A person commits unlawful assembly by:
    1. Assembling with two or more other persons with the intent to engage in conduct constituting a riot as defined in section 13-2903; or
    2. Being present at an assembly of two or more other persons who are engaged in or who have the readily apparent intent to engage in conduct constituting a riot as defined in section 13-2903 and knowingly remaining there and refusing to obey an official order to disperse.
    B. Unlawful assembly is a class 1 misdemeanor.

    13-2903. Riot; classification
    A. A person commits riot if, with two or more other persons acting together, such person recklessly uses force or violence or threatens to use force or violence, if such threat is accompanied by immediate power of execution, which disturbs the public peace.
    B. Riot is a class 5 felony.

    13-2904. Disorderly conduct; classification
    A. A person commits disorderly conduct if, with intent to disturb the peace or quiet of a neighborhood, family or person, or with knowledge of doing so, such person:
    1. Engages in fighting, violent or seriously disruptive behavior; or
    2. Makes unreasonable noise; or
    3. Uses abusive or offensive language or gestures to any person present in a manner likely to provoke immediate physical retaliation by such person; or
    4. Makes any protracted commotion, utterance or display with the intent to prevent the transaction of the business of a lawful meeting, gathering or procession; or
    5. Refuses to obey a lawful order to disperse issued to maintain public safety in dangerous proximity to a fire, a hazard or any other emergency; or
    6. Recklessly handles, displays or discharges a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.
    B. Disorderly conduct under subsection A, paragraph 6 is a class 6 felony. Disorderly conduct under subsection A, paragraph 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 is a class 1 misdemeanor.

    Phoenix
    Phoenix Laws
    This first one is interesting and useful if Scilons try to break up your party:
    Sec. 23-4. Disturbing assemblies.
    Every person who, without authority of law, willfully disturbs or breaks up, or attempts to break up, any assembly or meeting not unlawful in its character is guilty of a misdemeanor.

    Sec. 23-5. Disturbing religious worship.
    Every person who willfully disturbs or disquiets any assemblage of people met for religious worship, by profane discourse or indecent behavior, or by any unnecessary noise, either within the place where such meeting is held, or so near it as to disturb the order and solemnity of the meeting, is guilty of a misdemeanor

    Sec. 23-9. Obstructing streets, sidewalks, or other public grounds, or free use of property by injurious, indecent or offensive acts.
    It shall be unlawful for any person to obstruct any public street or alley, sidewalk or park or other public grounds within the City by committing any act of, or doing anything which is injurious to the health, or indecent or offensive to the senses, or to do in or upon any such streets, alleys, sidewalks, parks or other public grounds, any act or thing which is an obstruction or interference to the free use of property or with any business lawfully conducted by anyone, in or upon, or facing or fronting on any of such streets, alleys, sidewalks, parks, or other public grounds in the City.

    This one is funny...
    Sec. 23-10. Picketing; loud or unusual conduct or noise.
    It shall be unlawful for any person, in or upon any public street, alley, or public place within the City to make any loud or unusual noise, or to speak in a loud or unusual tone, or to cry out or proclaim for the purpose of inducing or influencing, or attempting to induce or influence, any person to refrain from purchasing or using any goods, wares, merchandise or other articles, or for the purpose of inducing or influencing, or attempting to induce or influence, any person to refrain from doing or performing any service or labor in any works, factory, place of business or employment, or for the purpose of intimidating, threatening or coercing any person who is performing, seeking or obtaining service or labor or employment in any works, factory, place of business or employment.

    MICHIGAN

    Farmington Hills
    Sec. 18-31 through Sec. 18-33 http://www.municode.com/resources/gateway.asp?Check=True&pid=12046&sid=22
    18-31 deals with "Interference of Police Authority" 18-32 deals with furnishing false ID to police
    Sec. 18-33. Disguising with intent to obstruct law or intimidate officer.
    It shall be unlawful for any person within the city to disguise himself or herself with the intent to obstruct the due execution of the law or with the intent to intimidate, hinder or interrupt any officer or any other person in the legal performance of his or her duty or the exercise of his or her rights under the constitution and laws of this state, whether such intent is effected or not.
    State law references: Similar provisions, MCL 750.217, MSA 28.414.

    MINNESOTA
    Statute 624.72 https://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us...STAT_CHAP&year=2007&section=624#stat.624.72.0 Interference of public property, pertaining to peaceful demonstrations.

    Minneapolis
    All are located at http://www.municode.com/Resources/gateway.asp?pid=11490&sid=23 under "TITLE 15 OFFENSES -- MISCELLANEOUS*"
    385.60 Aggressive Solicitation definition.
    385.65 (same url as above) pertaining to Interference with pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
    385.90 Pertaining to disorderly conduct.
    385.340 Papers denouncing individuals or groups.
    403.10 to 403.50 Pertains to handbills.

    The Following pertains to parks and posting of information
    PB2-7. Billposting.No person shall post, paste, fasten, paint or affix any placard, bill, notice or sign upon any structure, tree, stone, fence, thing or enclosure along or within any park or parkway. (Code 1960, As Amend., § 1010.080)



    WISCONSIN
    Statute 947.01 to 947.07 Wisconsin Legislature Data "Crimes against public peace..."

    Statute 942.01, 942.02 and 942.08 may apply... Wisconsin Legislature Data

    Milwaukee, WI
    106-1 http://cctv25.milwaukee.gov/code/volume1/ch106.pdf Describes disorderly conduct.
    105-1 through 105-138 http://cctv25.milwaukee.gov/code/volume1/ch105.pdf Pertains to assemblies, including the definition of an "unlawful assembly" as per Milwaukee law.

    Always notify your local police prior to demonstrations. Always get permits where needed.
  2. ElRondo Member

    Re: Legal Index

    Thanks Bibi. I've added the information to the original post.
  3. gregg Member

    Re: Legal Index

    This is a good idea. Something that really needs to be filled in more. Tomorrow I am having a little get together on irc with some people about things. I will bring this thread up and see if we can get some support for it going. We could really use a document like this in the new wiki whenever it shows up.
  4. kuro¿ Member

    Re: Legal Index

    Not sure how many people check this out but pertinent links for US - NY are found in my signature.
  5. TsuDhoNimh Member

    Re: Legal Index

    Arizona Laws:
    http://www.azleg.state.az.us/ArizonaRevisedStatutes.asp

    Phoenix codes: http://phoenix.gov/CITYCODE/ch023.html

    It's pretty basic: Get a permit, don't block the sidewalks or streets, don't get too noisy, and obey the cops. AZ police (as opposed ot the dolt we have for a sherriff) are quite reasonable.

    Note that it is unlawful to attempt to break up or annoy any assembly that is not unlawful ... like a properly permitted demonstration.
  6. ElRondo Member

    Re: Legal Index

    Thanks for the info, TsuDho, I've added it to the general thread.
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