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Can you get arrested for disorderly conduct at city hall?

Asked by windex (2916 points ) May 17th, 2011

If I’m given an opportunity to speak at city hall and repeat one sentence for 5 minutes, will they kick me out or arrest me?
(or tase me?)

This is regarding some bs complaint against company employees parking on the street.

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everephebe's avatar

It’s entirely possible.
That is to say, very likely.

cazzie's avatar

Why would you want to repeat the same sentence for 5 minutes? If you want your point to be heard as legitimate and rational, you should use a legitimate and rational argument.

marinelife's avatar

Yes, you could be removed from the meeting, and, if you resisted, you could be arrested.

WestRiverrat's avatar

They may or may not arrest you or ask you to leave. But all you will do by repeating the same sentence for 5 minutes is push people on the fence to the other side of the issue.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Maybe you’ll get lucky and they’ll just hit the stop button. ;)

YARNLADY's avatar

the first step would be to ask you to please leave, then have a court official escort you out of the building, but as a final resort, if you resisted, you could then be arrested.

Why on earth don’t you just take the matter to the proper authorities with proof? The behavior you are suggesting sound very childish.

sliceswiththings's avatar

Eek saw this question immediately after watching “Milk.”

crisw's avatar

Agreed with all the commenters who say that your plan is pointless. Why waste time this way; why not do something constructive? What in the world do you hope to accomplish by just being annoying?

windex's avatar

The petition they are reviewing is so ridiculous and illogical that the only thing I can think of is that. Just to make a point.

That’s for all the comments.

crisw's avatar

@windex

“The petition they are reviewing is so ridiculous and illogical that the only thing I can think of is that.”

Um…how about instead you get up there and say “The petition you are reviewing is so ridiculous and illogical because…” and actually give them some facts about why it’s ridiculous and illogical? Don’t you think that that possibly might have more of an impact and be a little more likely to get you what you want?

I have testified in front of all kinds of government hearings at several levels. I can tell you that if you are brief, concise, and factual, you are a lot more likely to get listened to. Isn’t that what you want?

crisw's avatar

Oh, and are the company employees actually parking on the street? If so, is there an ordinance that states that they cannot? Are people getting ticketed (did you get a ticket?) Are citizens angry becuse they cannot find a parking place due to private employees parking in public spaces? What, exactly, is the city’s involvement in this issue? What is your proposed solution? What, exactly, do you want to get out of this?

6rant6's avatar

I have heard a raving psychotic speak at a city council meeting, going over the allocation of time for an individual. The mayor – to her infinite credit – did not call in the police, did not close the session, did not order her out. Instead she spoke quietly and directly to the woman, urging her to respect an arrangement they’d previously agreed to and leave voluntarily.

It was an uplifting scene of personal integrity accomplishing more than force ever could.

Not saying your mayor would be like that. Come to think of it… yeah, they’re hauling your ass off to jail.

WasCy's avatar

I’m afraid that if you don’t already understand the answer to “Can you get arrested for disorderly conduct at City Hall?” then you probably also can’t understand the very simple logic involved in whatever petition is being circulated.

Maybe your time between now and this pointless exercise of yours would be better spent in having someone explain that to you.

john65pennington's avatar

Take some bail money with you to the meeting.

Brian1946's avatar

You can, but what will probably happen beforehand is that you’ll be asked to, “Yield the floor, unless you have more than one sentence to say”.

If you then yield the floor, you probably won’t be kicked out.

However, if you continue repeating the sentence instead of yielding the floor, then see above.

windex's avatar

@crisw It’s an industrial area/zone and there is always plenty of parking. All this was caused by just one nutjob who puts all of his trashcans 10 feet apart from each other so no one can park there and has called the cops on people several times. I actually have my own parking spot, so it does directly effect me, but I’m not gonna stand there and let 1 guy push everyone around.

We’ll see what happens, I’ll report the results next week.

@WasCy I don’t understand your aggression. I want to know if they’ll give you a chance, or 3 chances, or at least A warning, or they’ll just simply arrest you. I don’t think that’s such a ridiculous question to ask. I have never been to one of these things and I wanted to know if the atmosphere is like an airport [these days] where some rentacop is gonna insult you and talk down to you and threaten to arrest you simply for asking a bagage handler to be careful with your musical instrument..

@john65pennington I have no money : (

WasCy's avatar

Aggression? No, I was responding to the simple – maybe overly simplistic – question that you asked: “Can I be arrested for disorderly conduct at City Hall?” Of course you can! If you meant, “Can I be arrested for disorderly conduct at City Hall for repeating an asinine statement over and over for five minutes?” then probably not on the face of that, given that there will be plenty of warnings that you should change your behavior.

But what you’re suggesting that you do is in practical terms no different from “the nutjob” who lines up his trash cans to prevent anyone else from parking. You want to repeat a statement over and over so that no one else can get a word in. Good form, that. Maybe City Hall will think, “There must be something in the water in that part of town.”

Apparently, by your own admission, it’s not such a BS complaint after all, either.

crisw's avatar

@windex

So if you have a factual case for your position, why aren’t you presenting that factual case instead of repeating something over and over? You really didn’t address the questions I asked above.

6rant6's avatar

Civil disobedience is certainly a respected tradition in the US. But you gotta be willing to do the time, if you waste theirs.

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