Friday, May 15, 2009

City Code Violation That Was Enforced on “Must See TV”

According to Aisha Johnson spokesperson for Roanoke City Police Department the officer was enforcing the following code. A permit for the improv may have avoided the confrontation since more than 3 were assembled. See the code below.

The Roanoke Times video is HERE.

Sec. 30-101.  Goals and objectives.

(a)   The council of the City of Roanoke hereby finds and declares the following to be the goals and objectives of this article:
(1)   To allow the safe and reasonably unrestricted flow of pedestrian traffic on sidewalks and vehicular traffic in the streets and alleys;
(2)   To ensure the safe and orderly use of the public parks and other public property;
(3)   To protect and preserve the sanctity of each citizen in his home; and
(4)   To protect and preserve the safety of the general public.
(b)   The provisions of this article shall be administered and construed in such a manner so as to encourage and permit the free, open and non-violent exchange and expression of ideas and opinions, as much as possible, while still achieving the goals and objectives set forth above.
Sec. 30-108.  Authority to arrest.
A permit shall not affect the authority of any law-enforcement officer to arrest a person engaged in any acts or activities for which the permit was granted, if the conduct of such person violates any state or federal law, code or statute, or any ordinance of the City of Roanoke, or otherwise causes a breach of the peace.
(Ord. No. 35693, § 2, 12-17-01)

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Crime, Local Events


Comments (4)


May 15th, 2009 at 3:26 PM    

yes, but not more then 5 were assembled any one location. No Permit was needed.

This all gets messy when people are imagining what was happening who were not there!

It is the subjective nature of laws like these that are open for discussion.


May 15th, 2009 at 3:44 PM    

Hey Beth,

This is their story and their stickin’ to it.

Did you ask if you needed a permit?

Yes all the codes are subjective. I am experiencing a large pollitical sign on the corner that impeeds the safety of a busy intersection where I live. BUT the traffic department says no.

I hope the charges are dismissed at least with just a warning.

Scott Fowler

May 20th, 2009 at 9:46 AM    

The police are just showing again their disregard to free speech. THERE WAS NO BLOCKING OF FOOT TRAFFIC AS SEEN IN THE VIDEO. People were walking around normally. That day and time was no different than people standing around talking to each other. The officer who arrested the demonstrator should HAVE HIS JOB TAKEN FROM HIM and he SHOULD BE ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT and BATTERY. Chief Gaskins should also leave because of his support and past problems that he has gotten away with. If course, it won’t happen, because Police can get away with so much and City Council will do nothing about it. People wonder why some of our young people leave after graduation.


May 20th, 2009 at 10:06 PM    

The code does not say whether 3 or 5 or more people requires a permit. It is very vague. The ACLU will challenge the city code. This should be interesting to see how this unfolds. City Council will have to change the code – since Trinkle’s wife was a participant he will have to recuse himself.

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