Tennessee Code Annotated

Title 39: Criminal Offenses

Chapter 17: Offenses Against Public Health, Safety and Welfare

Part 3: Disorderly Conduct and Riots

TCA 39-17-301: Part definitions.

As used in this part, unless the context otherwise requires:

     (1)  "Desecrate" means defacing, damaging, polluting or otherwise physically mistreating in a way that the person knows or should know will outrage the sensibilities of an ordinary individual likely to observe or discover the person's action;

     (2)  "Participates" includes:

          (A)  Assembling with or joining a group of three (3) or more persons who riot;

          (B)  Being present, aiding and abetting a riot; or

          (C)  Refusing any lawful order of correctional personnel or other law enforcement officers during the course of a riot;

     (3)  "Riot" means a disturbance in a public place or penal institution as defined in § 39-16-601 involving an assemblage of three (3) or more persons which, by tumultuous and violent conduct, creates grave danger of substantial damage to property or serious bodily injury to persons or substantially obstructs law enforcement or other governmental function; and

     (4)  "Transportation facility" means any conveyance or place used for or in connection with public passenger transportation by air, railroad, motor vehicle or any other method. It includes, but is not limited to, aircraft, watercraft, railroad cars, buses, and air, boat, railroad and bus terminals and stations.

History: [Acts 1989, ch. 591, § 1; 1990, ch. 1030, § 29; 1999, ch. 350, § 1.]