Disorderly Conduct Charges Dropped against Juveniles Waiting for Bus

by on January 7, 2014

In late November, 16-year-olds Raliek Redd, Wan’Tauhjs Weathers, and 17-year-old Deaquon Carelock were waiting to be picked up in Rochester, N.Y. for a high school basketball scrimmage when they were approached by police officers who asked them to leave the area. After allegedly telling the cops that they were following instructions given by their coach, they were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

Though officers claim the juveniles repeatedly ignored orders to disperse and were obstructing justice, their basketball coach, Jacob Scott, tells a much different story. Scott supports the boys’ claims that he instructed them to wait for the bus, and was shocked to find three of his players handcuffed when he arrived on the scene. Scott says he tried to explain the situation to the officers, but was then threatened with an arrest himself if he didn’t leave the area. “One of the police officers actually told me, if he had a big enough caravan, he would take all of us downtown,” Scott recalls.

Disorderly Conduct Charges in Arizona

In AZ, a person can be charged with disorderly conduct if, with intent to disturb the peace or quiet of a neighborhood, person, or family, or with the knowledge of doing so, does any of the following:

  1. Recklessly handles, displays, or discharges a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.
  2. Uses abusive or offensive language or gestures to any person present in a manner likely to provoke immediate physical retaliation by such person.
  3. Refuses to obey a lawful order to disperse issued to maintain public safety in dangerous proximity to a fire, hazard, or any other emergency.
  4. Makes unreasonable noise.
  5. Makes any protracted commotion, utterance, or display with the intent to prevent the transaction of the business of a lawful procession, meeting, or gathering.
  6. Engages in fighting, violence, or seriously disruptive behavior.

Disorderly conduct pursuant to paragraph 1 of the above statute is typically charged as a class 6 felony in AZ; pursuant to paragraphs 2-6,  the offense is typically charged as a class 1 misdemeanor.

What laws did the teens break?

It would appear that the juveniles from the story above did little to constitute an arrest for disorderly conduct, and many suggest that racial profiling played a role in the incident. In the week following the arrests, District Attorney Sandra Doorley released the following statement: “After reviewing the facts associated with these arrests, I have decided to dismiss the charges in the interest of justice.”

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