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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 15.46 Division IV Disturbances

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DIVISION IV. OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC PEACE

Chapter 15.46
Disturbances

Sections:

15.46.010 Disturbing lawful assembly.
15.46.020 Disturbing religious worship.
15.46.030 Disturbing the peace.
15.46.040 Disturbing prisoners.

15.46.010 Disturbing lawful assembly.

Any person who shall, in this City, disturb any lawful assemblage of people by rude and indecent behavior shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
(1948 C. Ch. 46 18: 1960 C. 762.020.)

McQuillin:

24.98 et seq. Preservation of peace and order

15.46.020 Disturbing religious worship.

Any person who shall, in this City, disquiet or disturb any congregation or assembly met for religious worship, by making a noise, or by rude or indecent behavior, or profane discourses within their place of worship, or so near the same as to disturb the order or solemnity of the meeting, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
(1948 C. Ch. 46 19: 1960 C. 762.010.)

V.A.M.S.:

574.010 Peace disturbance

McQuillin:

24.104 Disturbance arising from religious activities

15.46.030 Disturbing the peace.

Any person who shall disturb the peace of others by noisy, riotous or disorderly conduct, or by violent, tumultuous, offensive or obstreperous conduct or carriage, or by loud and unusual noises, or by unseemly, profane, obscene, indecent, lewd or offensive language, calculated to provoke a breach of the peace, or by assaulting, striking or fighting another in any park, street, alley, highway, thoroughfare, public place or public resort within the City, or any person who, in the City, shall permit any such conduct in or upon any house or premises owned or possessed by him or under his management or control, so that others in the vicinity are disturbed thereby, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
(1948 C. Ch. 46 20: 1960 C. 762.030, 762.040.)

V.A.M.S.:

574.010 Peace disturbance

City Counselor Ops.: 8629, 9626

Cases:

The peace of an individual cannot be disturbed unless the individual is within the peace. City of St. Louis v. Sage, 254 S.W. 2d 252 (1953).

Disturbing the peace ordinance of the City of St. Louis was not void on the ground that it was inconsistent with state statute on same subject. City of St. Louis v. Page, 259 S.W. 2d 98 (1953).

Ordinance which makes it a misdemeanor to disturb the peace by violent conduct or by profane or offensive language, calculated to provoke a breach of the peace, is a valid exercise of the city's power. City of St. Louis v. Slupski, 162 S.W. 155, 254 Mo 309 (1913).

Evidence that defendant was a picket and handcuffed himself to a store revolving door, thus attracting a crowd, was sufficient for conviction of disturbing the peace. City of St. Louis v. Goldman, 467 S.W. 2d 99 (1971).

Fact that city ordinance on disturbing the peace did not require that act to be done "wilfully" did not make ordinance inconsistent with statute. City of St. Louis v. Goldman, 467 S.W. 2d 99 (1971).

Mere fact that defendant disturbed the peace by noisy, riotous and disorderly verbal conduct in a public place was not sufficient for conviction under this ordinance where there was no finding that the verbal conduct was intended to and was reasonably likely to incite others to violence. City of St. Louis v. Tinker, 542 S.W. 2d 512 (1976).

This ordinance is not unconstitutionally vague or overbroad.

City of St. Louis v. Tinker, 542 S.W. 2d 512 (1976).

McQuillin:

24.98 Disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct

15.46.040 Disturbing prisoners.

No person shall disturb the peace of the citizens of the City who may be in the City Jail, Municipal Courts Building, Human Development Corporation Building, at, in or near Kiel Auditorium, or Washington Square by loud or unusual language in an attempt to communicate with any inmate or inmates of the City Jail, through any window, door, or other opening by voice, signal, or written messages, or attempt to pass or receive any article to any inmate of the jail through any window, door or opening.
(Ord. 56844 2, 1974: 1960 C. 762.050.)

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