As reported by Philip Marcelo in the April 8, 2012 edition of the Providence Journal, a large fight broke out at a Providence nightclub over Easter weekend. Approximately six (6) people suffered injuries from the fight, including a nightclub bouncer. The fight occurred in the club and outside on the streets, prompting calls to all police units to respond to the scene. Providence Police arrested seven (7) people and charged them with disorderly conduct.
Pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws 11-45-1, disorderly conduct is broadly defined to include several different acts:
(a) A person commits disorderly conduct if he or she intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly:
(1) Engages in fighting or threatening, or in violent or tumultuous behavior;
(2) In a public place or near a private residence that he or she has no right to occupy, disturbs another person by making loud and unreasonable noise which under the circumstances would disturb a person of average sensibilities;
(3) Directs at another person in a public place offensive words which are likely to provoke a violent reaction on the part of the average person so addressed;
(4) Alone or with others, 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 ordinarily used for the passage of persons, vehicles, or conveyances;
(5) Engages in conduct which obstructs or interferes physically with a lawful meeting, procession, or gathering;
(6) Enters upon the property of another and for a lascivious purpose looks into an occupied dwelling or other building on the property through a window or other opening; or
(7) Who without the knowledge or consent of the individual, looks for a lascivious purpose through a window, or any other opening into an area in which another would have a reasonable expectation of privacy, including, but not limited to, a restroom, locker room, shower, changing room, dressing room, bedroom, or any other such private area, not withstanding any property rights the individual may have in the location in which the private area is located.
If convicted of disorderly conduct, the penalties include imprisonment for a term of not more than six (6) months, or fined not more than five hundred dollars ($500), or both.
It is unclear the extent of the injuries suffered by the victims. Additional charges, such as felony assault could be filed. Pursuant to R.I.G.L. 11-5-2, felony assault is defined as every person who shall make an assault or battery, or both, with a dangerous weapon, or with acid or other dangerous substance, or by fire, or an assault or battery which results in serious bodily injury, shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than twenty (20) years.
Serious bodily injury is defined as:
(c) "Serious bodily injury" means physical injury that:
(1) Creates a substantial risk of death;
(2) Causes protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily part, member or organ; or
(3) Causes serious permanent disfigurement or circumcises, excises or infibulates the whole or any part of the labia majora or labia minora or clitoris of a person.
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