The crime of Rioting is constituted by any use of force or violence or disturbing the public peace, by two or more persons acting together without the authority of law. Examples of Rioting are taking over the office of a university president demanding policy concessions or a gathering of many people to protest police misconduct involving vandalizing cars or breaking windows or camping outside a business or venue with disruptive chants or music.
What does the prosecutor have to prove?
“1. Defendant used or threatened to use force or violence, or disturbed the public peace, accompanied by the immediate power of execution.
2. The defendant acted with one or more persons.
3. The defendant specifically intended to cause a riot.
Misdemeanor: 0-364 days