Paddling Since: 1978
Join Date: Oct 2003
You know, if someone tresspassed on his land, then has a legitimate complaint, both civil and criminal. But if he starts chopping down trees over the creek, I wanna see *him* arrested and prosecuted. Believe it or not, we actually have laws about the sort of harassment kayakers have been subject to:
C.R.S. 18-9-107. Obstructing highway or other passageway.
(1) An individual or corporation commits an offense if without legal privilege such individual or corporation intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly:
(a) Obstructs a highway, street, sidewalk, railway, waterway, building entrance, elevator, aisle, stairway, or hallway to which the public or a substantial group of the public has access or any other place used for the passage of persons, vehicles, or conveyances, whether the obstruction arises from his acts alone or from his acts and the acts of others; or...
(2) For purposes of this section, "obstruct" means to render impassable or to render passage unreasonably inconvenient or hazardous.
(3) An offense under this section is a class 3 misdemeanor.
And how about this:
C.R.S. 18-9-108. Disrupting lawful assembly.
(1) A person commits disrupting lawful assembly if, intending to prevent or disrupt any lawful meeting, procession, or gathering, he significantly obstructs or interferes with the meeting, procession, or gathering by physical action, verbal utterance, or any other means.
(2) Disrupting lawful assembly is a class 3 misdemeanor.
C.R.S. 18-9-106. Disorderly conduct.
(1) A person commits disorderly conduct if he or she intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly:
(a) Makes a coarse and obviously offensive utterance, gesture, or display in a public place and the utterance, gesture, or display tends to incite an immediate breach of the peace; or...
(c) Makes unreasonable noise in a public place or near a private residence that he has no right to occupy; or...
(f) Not being a peace officer, displays a deadly weapon, displays any article used or fashioned in a manner to cause a person to reasonably believe that the article is a deadly weapon, or represents verbally or otherwise that he or she is armed with a deadly weapon in a public place in a manner calculated to alarm.
(2) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under subsection (1) (b) of this section that the actor had significant provocation for his abusive or threatening conduct.
(3) An offense under subsections (1) (a) to (1) (c) of this section is a class 1 petty offense; an offense under subsection (1) (d) of this section is a class 3 misdemeanor; an offense under subsection (1) (e) or (1) (f) of this section is a class 2 misdemeanor.
C.R.S. 18-9-111. Harassment - stalking.
(1) A person commits harassment if, with intent to harass, annoy, or alarm another person, he or she:
(a) Strikes, shoves, kicks, or otherwise touches a person or subjects him to physical contact; or
(b) In a public place directs obscene language or makes an obscene gesture to or at another person; or
(c) Follows a person in or about a public place; or...
(h) Repeatedly insults, taunts, challenges, or makes communications in offensively coarse language to, another in a manner likely to provoke a violent or disorderly response...
(2) Harassment pursuant to subsection (1) of this section is a class 3 misdemeanor...
I'm sure there are civil causes of action that could follow as well. It's time the bs from these types is dealt with properly. I guarantee you that the cost of going to court is a deterrent, and in some states (don't know about CO) violation of stalking laws can affect your right to keep and bear arms. That one will get their attention.
Join up, suckas.
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