Division IV. Offenses Against the Public Peace

Chapter 9.36


9.36.010    Personal conduct in public.

9.36.020    Disorderly conduct designated.

9.36.030    Riot and unlawful assembly.

9.36.040    Fines.

9.36.010 Personal conduct in public.

A person shall not, and it shall be unlawful for any person to:

A. Engage in any illegal occupation or business;

B. Engage in any window peeping, as defined by Alaska Statutes;

C. Beg in any street, alley or public place;

D. Jostle or roughly crowd people unnecessarily in any street, alley or public place;

E. Accost a person or endeavor to entice a person into an automobile;

F. Attend or frequent any place in which an illegal business is conducted;

G. Spit upon or otherwise mar or litter any public hallways, stairways, sidewalks, steps or any other public building or place of worship;

H. Drive a vehicle without the owner’s consent, without intending to steal the same;

I. Climb on, open the doors, windows or other apertures of a vehicle without the owner’s consent;

J. Live or reside in a vehicle other than a vehicle parked in an area designated for such uses by the city council. (Ord. 09-025 § 4, 2009; Ord. 390 § 3, 1988; Ord. 374 § 3, 1987; Ord. 210 § 4, 1978; 1978 code § 9.36(1))

9.36.020 Disorderly conduct designated.

A. A person who does any of the following is guilty of disorderly conduct:

1. In a public place, repeatedly or continuously shouts, blows a horn, plays a musical or recording or amplifying instrument, or otherwise generates loud noises intending to disturb or acting with reckless disregard for the peace and privacy of others, or, in a private place, engages in the same conduct with the same intent or reckless disregard, having been informed by another that the conduct is disturbing the peace and privacy of others not in the same place;

2. In a public place, when a criminal offense has occurred, refuses to comply with a lawful order of the police to disperse, or, in a private place, refuses to comply with an order of the police to leave premises in which he has neither a right of occupancy nor the express invitation to remain of the person having the right of possession;

3. In a public or private place, challenges another to fight or engages in fighting other than in self-defense; or

4. In a public or private place, knowingly or recklessly creates a hazardous condition for others by an act which has no legal justification or excuse.

B. In a prosecution under subsection (A)(1) of this section:

1. If the loud noise constitutes speech, the content of speech or evidence of specific words used by the defendant is admissible in evidence against him only as permitted by court rule;

2. “Loud noise” in a private place means noise which is loud enough to awaken the average person sleeping in a place other than the private place.

C. In this section, a “public place” is a place where the public is permitted to assemble, enter or pass through, whether publicly or privately maintained, including but not limited to places of accommodation, transportation, business and entertainment, or any other place which is not a private place. (Ord. 210 § 4, 1978; 1978 code § 9.36(2))

9.36.030 Riot and unlawful assembly.

A. “Riot” is defined as the use of force or violence, or threat to use force or violence, if accompanied by immediate power of execution, by three or more persons acting together and without authority of law.

B. An “unlawful assembly” occurs when three or more persons assemble:

1. With intent, or with means and preparations, to do an unlawful act, which would be riot if actually committed, but do no act toward the commission of riot;

2. Without authority of law, and in a manner adapted to disturb the public peace or excite public alarm, or disguised in a manner to prevent them from being identified.

C. Any person participating in a riot or an unlawful assembly is an ordinance violator. (Ord. 210 § 4, 1978; 1978 code § 9.36(3))

9.36.040 Fines.

A violation of this chapter is an offense punishable by the fine established in the current, adopted budget. (Ord. 14-028 § 17, 2014)