Commerce City Municipal Code Chapter 12 Article II

Sec. 12-2000. – Escape.

Sec. 12-2001. – Impersonating public authorities.

Sec. 12-2002. – Interference with peace officers and firefighters.

Sec. 12-2003. – Interference with government operations.

Sec. 12-2004. – Harassing, injuring or interfering with city service animals.

Sec. 12-2005. – False reporting.

Sec. 12-2006. – Resisting arrest.

Sec. 12-2007. – Refusing to aid a peace officer.

Sec. 12-2008. – Failure to obey a lawful order.

Sec. 12-2009. – Failure to obey a subpoena.

Sec. 12-2010. – Failure to follow rules and regulations on public property.



Sec. 12-2000. – Escape.

It shall be unlawful for any person to escape or attempt to escape from the custody of the city.

Sec. 12-2001. – Impersonating public authorities.

(a) Prohibited acts. It shall be unlawful for any person to falsely pretend to be a firefighter or public servant and perform any act under such pretense. It shall be no defense to a prosecution under this section that the office the person pretended to hold does not exist.

(b) Prohibited paraphernalia. It shall be unlawful for any person other than a police officer with the city or a firefighter with the South Adams Fire District to wear or carry the uniform, apparel, badge, identification card or any other insignia of office which is like or similar to, or a colorable imitation of, that adopted or worn or carried by the police officers or firefighters, respectively.

Sec. 12-2002. – Interference with peace officers and firefighters.

It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly obstruct, hinder, or impair any peace officer or firefighter, acting under color of his or her official authority, from enforcing the law or performing any official duty by the use or threat of violence, force, physical interference, or by knowingly providing false or misleading information. For purposes of this section, “peace officer” and “firefighter” mean a peace officer or firefighter in uniform or, if out of uniform, one (1) who identifies himself or herself as a peace officer or firefighter and exhibits the proper credentials to the individual being charged.

Sec. 12-2003. – Interference with government operations.

(a) Interference prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly obstruct, hinder, or impair any city employee or official in the performance of any governmental function by the use or threat of violence, force, physical interference, or by knowingly providing false or misleading information.

(b) Affirmative defenses. The following circumstances shall constitute an affirmative defense to a charge of violating this section:

(1) The interference was reasonable and prevented or attempted to prevent an unlawful act by a city employee or official;

(2) The interference was caused by effecting an arrest; or

(3) The interference was caused by lawful activities in connection with a labor dispute with the city.

Sec. 12-2004. – Harassing, injuring or interfering with city service animals.

It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly kill, disable, injure, harass, alarm, annoy or attempt to kill, disable, injure, harass, alarm or annoy any animal used by the city to perform any function or duty of the city or to intentionally interfere with any animal in its performance of such functions or duties.

Sec. 12-2005. – False reporting.

It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly make to or file with the city, or any fire district within the city, any false or misleading statement or report concerning any real or alleged fire, crime, or emergency.

Sec. 12-2006. – Resisting arrest.

It shall be unlawful for any person to prevent or attempt to prevent a peace officer, acting under color of his or her authority, from effecting an arrest of any person by use or threat of violence or physical force or by any means which creates a substantial risk of causing bodily injury to the peace officer or another.

It shall be no defense to a prosecution under this section that the arrest was unlawful provided that the peace officer did not use unreasonable or excessive force in effecting the arrest.

Sec. 12-2007. – Refusing to aid a peace officer.

It shall be unlawful for any person eighteen (18) years of age or older to unreasonably refuse to aid a peace office in effecting or securing an arrest or quelling a disturbance when requested to do so by such officer.

Sec. 12-2008. – Failure to obey a lawful order.

It shall be unlawful for any person to fail to obey any lawful command of a peace officer or firefighter acting under color of his or her official authority.

Sec. 12-2009. – Failure to obey a subpoena.

It shall be unlawful for any person to fail to obey a subpoena issued by the municipal court or any board, commission, hearing officer or other body or officer of the city authorized by law or ordinance to issue subpoenas.

Sec. 12-2010. – Failure to follow rules and regulations on public property.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to enter or remain in any public building or on any public property or to conduct himself in or on the same in violation of any order, rule, or regulation concerning any matter listed below that is issued by any officer or agency having the power of control, management, or supervision of the building or property.

(1) Preservation of property, vegetation, wildlife, signs, markers, statues, buildings and grounds, and other structures, and any object of scientific, historical, or scenic interest.

(2) Restriction or limitation of the use of such public buildings or property as to time, manner, or permitted activities.

(3) Prohibition of activities or conduct within public buildings or on public property which may be reasonably expected to substantially interfere with the use and enjoyment of such places by others or which may constitute a general nuisance.

(4) Camping and picnicking, public meetings and assemblages, and other individual or group usages, including the place, time, and manner in which such activities may be permitted.

(5) Use of all vehicles as to place, time, and manner of use.

(6) Control and limitation of fires and designation of places where fires are permitted.

(b) No conviction may be obtained under this section unless notice of such limitations or prohibitions is prominently posted at all public entrances to such building or property or unless such notice is actually first given the person by the officer or agency, including any agent thereof, or by any law enforcement officer having jurisdiction or authority to enforce this section.

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