Susanville Police Department
THOMAS V. DOWNING, INTERIM Chief of Police
April 13, 2012
The Susanville Police Department has been monitoring the progress of the Kony 2012 movement. Kony 2012 supporters are planning events nationwide to draw attention to their cause. A group of Susanville teens and others are planning a “Blanket the Night” campaign scheduled for the evening of April 20, 2012. The Susanville Police Department wishes to make sure potential participants are aware of the consequences of committing crimes in our community during this event.
The “Blanket the Night” campaign is planning on posting signs and posters throughout the community in mass numbers to blanket the town and get their message heard. Posting signs and posters on businesses or private property without the permission of the property owner could be considered a crime. Likewise, the affixing of these posters to any publicly owned structure, traffic control sign, or utility poles without the approval of the governmental agency could potentially subject individuals to criminal consequences.
Further, if juveniles are planning on attending this event, they should be familiar with the curfew laws. The City of Susanville has a curfew ordinance that could prevent anyone under the age of 18 from being in a public place or outside the presence of their parent or guardian after 11:00 pm every night of the week.
The Susanville Police Department has not taken a position on the Kony 2012 movement or the “Blanket the Night” campaign. We simply wish to educate the public, and those wishing to express their views through this event, of the laws as it relates to trespassing, vandalism, littering and curfew.
If you have any questions or comments about this press release, please feel free to contact me at (530) 257-5603.
Interim Chief of Police