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It shall be unlawful for any person to burn, desecrate, mar, deface, or damage a religious or secular symbol, or place or display a sign, mark, symbol, impression, or other emblem, including a Nazi swastika, noose, or real or simulated burning cross, on the private property of another, without the permission of the owner or the owner's designee, or on public property, where the person acts reckless to the fact that a reasonable person would perceive that the intent of the person acting is to:
(1) Deprive a person or class of persons of equal protection under federal or District law;
(2) Hinder or interfere with, or retaliate for, a person's exercise of any right secured by federal or District law;
(3) Threaten to injure, break, or destroy a person's property or harm a person's financial interests; or
(4) Threaten to do bodily harm to a person.
1981 Ed., § 22-3112.2.
Effect of Amendments
D.C. Law 17-390 rewrote the lead-in language and par. (3) of subsec. (a) and repealed subsec. (b).