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New York Senator Votes for Bill to Protect Police Officers

March 08, 2016  | 

New York State Senator Michael Venditto (R, C, I- Massapequa) voted this week on legislation (S.5598) that would establish the new crime of inciting violence against a police officer, according to a press release from the New York State Senate.

"Our communities have recently seen an unfortunate increase of crimes being committed against our brave men and women who put their life on the line every day, by protecting us," said Senator Venditto.

In recent years, there has been an increase in violent crimes committed against police officers and this measure, if passed by the Assembly and signed into law, would help prevent individuals from deliberately inciting violence targeting law enforcement by creating a new class D felony.

"By creating a new class D felony, we can provide protections for our officers that they deserve," continued Venditto.

This legislation is a result of the input received during a series of public hearings held by the Senate Majority last year which examined police safety and public protection in New York City and throughout the state.

The bill will be sent to the Assembly.

Comments (3)

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Retired NY Boss @ 3/8/2016 7:54 PM

While I laud his efforts, I seriously doubt the heavily Democrat Assembly will bring it to a vote.

Leonard @ 3/9/2016 8:57 AM

I see several potential free speech issues. I can imagine several scenarios where protesters excising their free speech rights could be charged under this potential statute. Furthermore, there are already laws on the books for making terrorist threats and otherwise. It's unneeded feel good legislation.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 3/29/2016 10:02 AM

What free speech problems leonard? Protesters charting "kill the pigs" "shoot the cops" need to get in trouble. Remember the two NYPD Officers who were murdered while sitting in their car last December. Their killer was motivated by black lives matter and their protests. black lives matter should be renamed, "blacks against Police".

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