The New York State Senate passed a bill that will make it a felony to harass, annoy, threaten, or alarm a police officer, or a peace officer.
If you live in New York and annoy a police officer, or a peace officer you will be guilty of aggravated harassment, which is a class E felony.
Published time: June 06, 2013 11:24
Edited time: June 06, 2013 14:07
The New York State Senate passed a controversial bill on Wednesday that aims to classify ‘aggravated harassment of a police officer’ as a crime,
but will it give the authorities the green light for strong-arm tactics if passed?
Sponsored by Senator Joe Griffo, Bill S.2402 would make it a felony to “harass, annoy, or threaten a police officer while on duty.”
“Our system of laws is established to protect the foundations of our society,” Senator Griffo said. “Police officers who risk their lives every
day in our cities and on our highways deserve every possible protection, and those who treat them with disrespect, harass them and create situations
that can lead to injuries deserve to pay a price for their actions.”
Griffo said that New York police require extra safeguards because “too many people in our society have lost the respect they need to have for a
police officer…. We need to make it very clear that when a police officer is performing his duty, every citizen needs to comply and that refusal to
comply carries a penalty.”
The bill, which will now move to the State Assembly, would make it a crime for a person to make any type of physical action aimed at intimidating a
police officer. Harassment of a police officer would be recognized as a Class E Felony, punishable by up to four years in prison.
This is really getting ridiculous, first of all what sort of proof will officers that use this law can present that someone has "annoyed them or
We all know that although not all police officers are bad people there are quite a few that abuse their power, and with this law they have yet another
way to abuse their power, and how can someone defend themselves against this type of felony since it will be your word against that of a police
This world is getting crazier by the minute and those in power keep thinking on new ways to restrict, and infringe upon our rights and individual
I know and understand that some laws are needed, but this one, among others makes no sense at all and goes against the principles of the United States
Constitution, and the right of every citizen to a fair trial.
This bill will make police officers and peace officers that have no backbone judge, jury, and executioner all in one.
What will cops do now, record what they say and do and their interactions with people all day long to have the proof that they were "annoyed or
Here is a link to the bill.
How will anyone be able to defend themselves against the word of a police or peace officer?
BTW, yes it should be illegal to harm a police officer, but to "annoy"?
edit on 6-6-2013 by ElectricUniverse because: (no reason given)