Sec. 27-54. Dispersal of unlawful or riotous assemblies; duties of officers.
When any number of persons, whether armed or not, are unlawfully or riotously assembled, the police officials of the city shall go among the persons assembled or as near to them as safety will permit and command them in the name of the city immediately to disperse. If upon such command the persons unlawfully assembled do not disperse immediately, such officer may use such force as is reasonably necessary to disperse them and to arrest those who fail or refuse to disperse. To accomplish this end, the law enforcement officer may request and use the assistance and services of private citizens. Every endeavor shall be used, both by such officer and by the officer commanding any other force, which can be made consistent with the preservation of life, to induce or force those unlawfully assembled to disperse before an attack is made upon those unlawfully assembled by which their lives may be endangered.
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