Chapter 9.16


9.16.010    Disorderly conduct.

9.16.020    Disturbing school or school activities.

9.16.030    Riot.

9.16.040    Loitering for the purpose of engaging in drug-related activity.

*    For statutory provisions on public disturbances, see Ch. 9A.84 RCW.

9.16.010 Disorderly conduct.

A person is guilty of disorderly conduct if he:

A. Uses abusive language and thereby intentionally creates a risk of assault; or

B. Intentionally disrupts any lawful assembly or meeting of persons without lawful authority; or

C. Intentionally obstructs vehicular or pedestrian traffic without lawful authority. (Ord. 383 (part), 1979)

9.16.020 Disturbing school or school activities.

A. A person who wilfully creates a disturbance on school premises during school hours or a disruption of school activities or school meetings at any time shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

B. A person is guilty of disruption of school activities when he/she comes into or remains in any school building, classroom or upon any school ground, street, sidewalk or public way adjacent thereto, without lawful reason, and intentionally causes disruption of the activities of the school.

C. As used in this section, the word “school” has its ordinary meaning and includes, but is not limited to: universities, colleges, community colleges, technical and vocational training schools, or other similar institutions of higher education. (Ord. 733 § 1, 2002: Ord. 383 (part), 1979)

9.16.030 Riot.

A person is guilty of the crime of riot if, acting with three or more other persons, he knowingly and unlawfully uses or threatens to use force, or in any way participates in the use of such force, against any other person or against property. (Ord. 383 (part), 1979)

9.16.040 Loitering for the purpose of engaging in drug-related activity.

A. It is unlawful for any person to loiter in or near any thoroughfare, place open to the public or near any public or private place in a manner and under circumstances manifesting the purpose to engage in drug-related activity contrary to any of the provisions of Chapter 69.41, 69.50 or 69.52 RCW, as now exist or as may hereafter be amended.

B. No arrest shall be made for a violation of this section unless the arresting officer first affords such person an opportunity to explain such conduct, and no person shall be convicted of violating this section if it appears at trial that the explanation given was true and disclosed a lawful purpose.

C. Among the circumstances which may be considered in determining whether such unlawful purpose is manifested include, but are not limited to the following:

1. Such person has been arrested and/or investigated for unlawful drug use, possession or sale;

2. Such person has been convicted in any court within this state within a period of five years of any violation involving the use, possession or sale of any of the substances referred to in Chapters 69.41, 69.50 and 69.52 RCW, or, within five years, such person has been convicted of any violation of any of the provisions of said chapters of the Revised Code of Washington or substantially similar laws of a political subdivision of this state or of any other state;

3. Such person transfers small objects or packages for currency in a furtive fashion;

4. The area involved is by public repute known to be an area of unlawful drug use and trafficking;

5. The premises involved are known to have been reported to law enforcement as a place suspected of drug activity pursuant to Chapter 69.52 RCW, as now exists or as may hereafter be amended;

6. Any vehicle involved is known to be registered to a known unlawful drug user, possessor, or seller or for which there is an outstanding warrant for a crime involving drug-related activity;

7. Such person behaves in such a manner as to raise a reasonable suspicion that he or she is about to engage in or is then engaged in an unlawful drug-related activity;

8. Such person takes flight upon the appearance of a police officer;

9. Such person manifestly endeavors to conceal himself or herself or any object that reasonably could be involved in an unlawful drug-related activity.

D. Violation—Penalty. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars or by imprisonment in jail for a term not to exceed ninety days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. (Ord. 523 § 1, 1991)