Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Is disturbing the peace peaceful?

Interesting question: Is disturbing the peace un-peaceful by definition? I think so.
Here are some forms of behavior that clearly can be categorized as "disturbing the peace" and hence should not be considered "peaceful":
  • Very loud music.
  • Large crowds that restrict access to public space and pathways.
  • Loud noise (music, yelling, drumming, etc.) during "quiet hours" (say, 11 PM to 6 AM.)
  • Mob-like or gang-like activity that intimidates the general public.
  • Any behavior designed or perceived to be a "psychological assault", such as loud drumming or noisemaking for many hours on end.


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