Code of the District of Columbia

Chapter 27A. Protest Targeting a Residence.

§ 22–2751. Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the term:

(1) “Demonstration” means marching, congregating, standing, parading, demonstrating, or patrolling by one or more persons, with or without signs, for the purpose of persuading one or more individuals, or the public, or to protest some action, attitude, or belief.

(2) “Mask” means a covering for the face or part of the face whereby the identity of the wearer is disguised. The term “Mask” shall not include clothing worn for the purpose of providing protection from the elements nor clothing worn as a religious covering.

(3) “Residence” means a building or structure, but not a hotel, used or designed to be used, in whole or in part, as a living or a sleeping place by one or more human beings.

(May 26, 2011, D.C. Law 18-374, § 2, 58 DCR 715.)

§ 22–2752. Engaging in an unlawful protest targeting a residence.

(a)(1) It is unlawful for a person, as part of a group of 3 or more persons, to target a residence for purposes of a demonstration:

(A) Between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.;

(B) While wearing a mask; or

(C) Without having provided the Metropolitan Police Department notification of the location and approximate time of the demonstration.

(2) The notification required by paragraph (1)(C) of this subsection shall be provided in writing to the operational unit designated for such purpose by the Chief of Police not less than 2 hours before the demonstration begins. The Metropolitan Police Department shall post on its website the e-mail and facsimile number by which the operational unit may be notified 24 hours a day, and the address to which notification may be hand delivered, as an alternative, during business hours.

(b) A person who violates this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, fined not more than the amount set forth in § 22-3571.01 or imprisoned for not more than 90 days.

(May 26, 2011, D.C. Law 18-374, § 3, 58 DCR 715; June 11, 2013, D.C. Law 19-317, § 231, 60 DCR 2064.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 23-581.

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-317 substituted “not more than the amount set forth in § 22-3571.01” for “not more than $500” in (b).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 231 of the Criminal Fine Proportionality Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-45, April 1, 2013, 60 DCR 5400, 20 DCSTAT 1300).

Editor's Notes

Applicability of D.C. Law 19-317: Section 401 of D.C. Law 19-317 provided that the act shall apply only to offenses committed on or after June 11, 2013.