Annoy a Cop and Spend a Year in Jail under Proposed Law in Upstate New York

Stock photo of copsShutterstock

The proposed law makes it easier for cops to violate people's First Amendment rights.

Hoping to protect police from the wrath of the public, a county in Upstate New York is about to pass a law that would make it a crime to annoy a police officer.

The Monroe County Legislative Branch drafted the bill in response to the videos from New York City showing citizens dousing NYPD cops with water. The NYPD, however, responded to those incidents by arresting several people without the need for a new law.

The proposed law which can be read here states that "a person is guilty of harassing a police officer, peace officer or first responder, that intends to annoy, alarm or threaten the personal safety of the police officer, peace officer or first responder."

Knowing that many cops get annoyed at people for exercising their Constitutional rights and alarmed when people record them in public – actions which are protected by the First Amendment – the proposed law is ripe for abuse.

Critics say the law in unconstitutional, according to the New York Post:

The legislature approved the bill by a 17-10 vote on Tuesday. The county executive will now hold a public hearing and decide whether to pass it into law.

The bill sparked outrage among groups such as the New York Civil Liberties Union.

“Members of the community have every right to challenge police officers, particularly those that engage in unnecessary behavior,” Iman Abid of the NYCLU said in a statement.

“At a time when more accountability of police departments is needed, this law takes us incredibly backward,” she added.

If enacted, anybody annoying a cop can be sentenced to up to a year in jail and fined up to $5,000. Federal legislators are considering a similar bill at the federal level which they call the Protect and Serve Act. It was passed by the House but appears to have been stalled in committees.

Comments (10)
No. 1-7
Yankee Cracker
Yankee Cracker

Find out who wrote the Bill, chat with them traitors. When the mafia writes clearly unconstitutional bills to make laws for the abuse of the people,, them bill writers ought to be shown the error of their ways.......In a convincing and unforgettable manner.

NonyaFknB
NonyaFknB

Just getting us closer to civil war

Tatoo49
Tatoo49

What is truly needed is a new law giving civilians the right to shoot cops that pull their guns. We need a 'Stand Your Ground Against Cops' rule. More of us are killed by cops than cops killed by us. Whatever happened to 'Self Defense' when cops can murder innocents and we are not allowed to protect ourselves? No more blanket protection of cops and politicians. Equal protection and the equal right to defend ourselves from these criminals in blue. Go, New York! Some of the worst police departments in the country and they want to be protected from being cursed. FUCK YOU, COPPER.

supervisionrequired
supervisionrequired

if this shit passes, it will send a signal to other law-benders (politicians) that thy can make similar laws that violate us peasants rights! this is just another step forward to civil war! and the big G is too blind to see it!

Duquesacoquita
Duquesacoquita

Every state has that problem. It’s America. The one under the stupid Electoral College System voted for a sociopath.

Deanimator
Deanimator

I imagine that the friends of Chicago Officer Tony Abbate were "annoyed" when barmaid Carolina Obrycka didn't succumb to their intimidation aimed at coercing her into not pressing charges against him for trying to stomp her to death in a drunken rage. Under this bill, she could be prosecuted for that, nevermind suing him.

Sman
Sman

Thank god I don't live in that fucking state where the combined IQ of the whole state is that of a dirt clod.