The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
Block means that portion of any street lying between its intersections with other streets.
Group demonstration means any assembly or action in concert between or among two or more persons for the purpose of protesting any matter or of making known any position or promotion of such persons, or of, or on behalf of, any organization or class of person, or for the purpose of attracting attention to such assembly.
Picketing means any two or more persons acting together for the purpose of making known any position or promotion of such persons, or of, or on behalf of, any organization or class of persons.
(Ord. of 2-14-85, § 1(14-1))
Cross reference— Definitions and rules of construction generally, § 1-2.
It shall be unlawful for any person to maintain a picketing line or to picket within the town, except in compliance with the conditions imposed upon such picketing by this article.
Any person organizing or conducting any picketing shall give reasonable prior notice to the chief of police in order that appropriate measures may be taken to protect public order and safety.
Any person within the town may, if it is deemed necessary, rope off such of his property as may be desired and post notices thereon that no picketing or picket lines will be allowed on such property, except in public rights-of-way.
(Ord. of 2-14-85, § 1(14-2))
It shall be unlawful for any person to intimidate, threaten, coerce, annoy, interfere with, molest or meddle with the employees of any person within the town while such employees are going to or from their work.
(Ord. of 2-14-85, § 1(14-3))
Peaceful picketing in the furtherance of a lawful purpose shall be permitted in the town, provided such picketing is done under the following conditions:
Picketing may be conducted only on the sidewalk or on other town-owned areas normally used or reserved for pedestrian movement, and may not be conducted on that portion of a street used primarily for vehicular traffic. The word "town-owned" as used in this subsection shall include easements and rights-of-way.
Not more than ten pickets promoting the same objective shall be permitted to use the sidewalk within a block in the town at any one time.
Pickets may carry written or printed placards or signs, not exceeding two feet in width and two feet in length, promoting the objective for which the picketing is done; provided, that the words used thereon are not defamatory in nature and would not tend to produce or cause violence. The staff on which such placard may be carried shall not exceed 40 inches in length, must be made of wood, shall not exceed three-fourths of an inch in diameter at any point; and must be blunt at each end.
Pickets must march in single file and not abreast and may not march closer than 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 pickets thereon in any block, the chief of police shall allot time to each group of pickets for the use of such public area on an equitable basis, but each group shall be permitted to picket subject to the provisions of this subsection at least every two hours.
Picketing done contrary to any of the provisions of this section shall be unlawful.
(Ord. of 2-14-85, § 1(14-4))
It shall be unlawful for any person to physically interfere with pickets in the use of the sidewalk or to address profane, indecent, abusive or threatening language to or at such pickets which would tend to provoke such pickets or others to a breach of the peace.
In the event of the assembly of persons in such numbers as to tend to intimidate the pickets pursuing their lawful objective, through numbers alone or through the use of inflammatory words or gestures, the police officers of the town shall direct the persons so assembled to disburse and may arrest any person who fails to absent himself from the place of such assembly when so directed.
(Ord. of 2-14-85, § 1(14-5))
Whenever the free passage of any street or sidewalk in the town shall be obstructed by a crowd, the persons composing such crowd shall disburse or move on when directed to do so by a police officer. It shall be unlawful for any person to refuse to so disperse or move when so directed by a police officer as provided in section 22-36(b).
(Ord. of 2-14-85, § 1(14-6))
The following acts or activities, when performed or undertaken in conjunction with or as a part of any group demonstration, are hereby prohibited and declared unlawful:
The carrying on or about the person of any firearm, any weapon, blackjack, nightstick, flashlight, or other article which might by its use constitute a deadly weapon, if in fact the same is exhibited, used, held or in any way demonstrated for the purpose of intimidating, harassing, coercing, or threatening any other person or persons or group of people.
In the event of the assembly of demonstrators in such numbers as to tend to intimidate individual persons or the public, through numbers, inflammatory words, actions or otherwise, the police officers of the town shall direct the persons so assembled to disperse and may arrest any person who fails to absent himself from the place of such assembly when so directed.
Whenever the free passage of any street or sidewalk in the town shall be obstructed by a crowd, such as persons demonstrating, the persons composing such crowds shall disperse or move on when directed to do so by a police officer. It shall be unlawful for any persons to refuse to so disperse or move on when so directed by a police officer, and such officer may arrest any person who fails to so disperse or move on.
No group demonstration shall be held in such manner as to interfere with legal picketing as set forth in this article, nor to interfere with parades as authorized in this chapter, nor shall a group demonstration be held within one block of the route of any parade, assembly point, or termination point, nor within one block of any legal picketing activity.
(Ord. of 2-14-85, § 1(14-12, 14-13))