Chapter 947’s Role in Protests
Protests in response to the unlawful murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, to name some, have continued for weeks and even months in some cities. As a result, alarming incidents have consisted of tear gas, rubber bullets, arrests and curfew orders, which you’ve likely learned about on the news.
Thus, there is no better time than right now to learn about Wisconsin’s laws under Chapter 947 on crimes against public peace, order and other interests.
In Wisconsin, disorderly conduct is defined as someone who engages in violent, abuse, indecent, profane, boisterous, unreasonably loud or otherwise disorderly conduct in a public or private place under circumstances in which the conduct causes or provokes disturbance.
Anyone convicted of disorderly conduct can be charged with a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to $1,000 fines and/or up to 90 days in jail.
If that’s not unsettling enough, disorderly conduct is a subjective accusation. A grumpy neighbor can press charges against you for hosting a loud birthday party, or a civilian can press disorderly conduct charges against protestors blocking traffic, even if they’re peaceful.
Another relevant law concerning protests is that which concerns unlawful assembly. An unlawful assembly is defined as a gathering of 3 or more people that causes enough disturbance for law enforcement to believe that it will cause injury or damage to people and/or property. Examples of unlawful assembly include:
- Blocking roads and highways
- Blocking sidewalks and access points to public or private buildings
- Blocking access to retail stores, medical providers, grocery stores, etc.
This offense is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to $10,000 fines and/or up to 9 months in prison.
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2020 has been a chaotic year in many people’s opinions. COVID-19 continues to impact our daily lives and health, and social injustice is widely discussed compared to previous years. The last thing you need is a criminal accusation expressing your opinions in an otherwise “disruptive” manner.
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