Two New York politicians are pushing for a new law that would punish anyone who disrespects or shows contempt for police officers. The idea for the law change comes after at least four incidents of civilians dumping water on uniformed officers have surfaced.
Assemblyman Mike LiPetri of Long Island and Assemblyman Michael Reilly of Staten Island proposed the law change during a rally on the steps of City Hall.
According to a report on newyork.cbslocal.com LePetri said, "What we are witnessing in New York City is disgraceful. A culture of blatant disrespect for law enforcement has been fostered and encouraged simply for political gain which has resulted in such despicable acts of hate becoming acceptable in our communities."
Assemblyman Reilly added, "Our police officers are being targeted for harassment and even assault while doing their job. This is a direct result of political grandstanding from politicians like Mayor de Blasio."
If passed the new bill would punish suspects with a Class E felony, a crime that could send them to jail for between 1 and 4 years.
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