Protests and Public Gatherings
The right to peacefully protest is a constitutionally guaranteed right, subject to certain limited restrictions imposed by law and/or court order (injunction). The City of Livonia and the Livonia Police do not take sides in political or other protests but have sworn to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the State of Michigan, as well as the laws of this state and city ordinances.
- Protesters may not molest or interfere with anyone entering, leaving, or passing by an establishment. Threats, whether verbal, posturing, or by printed word, may constitute interference.
- Loud noises, including the use of PA systems, radios, horns, yelling, etc., are prohibited.
- Littering, breaking bottles, etc., is prohibited.
- The posting of signs and the distribution of handbills to residences are controlled by ordinance.
- Protesters may not block driveways or walks with cars or picketers.
- Protesters may not walk or demonstrate in the street.
- Protesters may not park in any area that is designated as a no-parking zone or use any parking lot or other private property to park unless the owner gives permission. Protesters who park in violation of no-parking zones or on private property are subject to being ticketed or towed.
- Disorderly conduct violates state law and city ordinance and will not be tolerated. This includes drunkenness, improper conduct, improper noise, creating a disturbance, assaults, jostling, throwing stones or other objects.
- Damaging the property of another is illegal. This includes damage to personal and real property. Damaging public property, such as a “No Parking” sign, is illegal and will be prosecuted.
- Alcoholic beverages shall not be consumed on public property. This includes the sidewalk and the right of way, as well as in any motor vehicle.
- Failure to comply with the lawful order of a police officer is a violation of state law and ordinances.
- If you believe an officer is wrong, it is the best to obey the officer’s order and then contact the Desk Officer in Charge for clarification or explanation.
The following guidelines are made available to the public by clicking the link below. The Intent to Organize form can be filled out and returned the Front Desk at the Livonia Police Department located at 15050 Farmington Rd, Livonia, MI 48154.