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N.Y. Bill Would Make Harassing Cops a Felony

June 07, 2013  | 

The New York state Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would make it a felony to annoy a police officer.

The bill would make aggravated harassment of an officer a crime punishable by up to four years in prison. The person would have to make "physical contact" with the officer, reports the Washington Times.

The bill would need to pass the full legislature and garner the governor's signature to become law.

Tags: Legislation, First Responders


Comments (4)

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Ima Leprechaun @ 6/8/2013 11:56 PM

I would love to see how that one would be enforced. Refusal to sell a cop a doughnut is now a felony in New York.

Lee @ 6/10/2013 3:57 PM

^^Try being literate before replying...

Brandon @ 6/10/2013 3:59 PM

Leprechaun, more like your an idiot.

Now for follow on comments, without reading the bill and knowing exactly what it is making illegal (or more criminal), I am not sure it should be a felony. I think this may be for incidents where someone is cussing a cop out during encounters where it doesn't exactly meet the criteria for public drunk, disorderly conduct or opposing a police officer. Also for protests where one person is trying to stir up a crowd by turning against the police. I can see it being a useful misdemeanor. Another good use is for people running their mouths while in custody. Not sure it should be a felony though.

Tim @ 6/11/2013 7:45 AM

If you read the story, it says that a person must make physical contact to be charged. Um wouldn't that qualify as Ag Bat of a LEO? I guess if they poke a finger in your chest it would work. Not sure about the felony charge though.

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