Thursday, June 6, 2013

Totalitarians on the march

The New York Senate has voted to make it felony to "annoy" a police officer.

I kid you not.
The New York State Senate (June 5) passed a bill that creates the crime of aggravated harassment of a police or peace officer. The bill  (S.2402), sponsored by Senator Joe Griffo (R-C-I, Rome) would make it a felony to harass, annoy, or threaten a police officer while on duty.
The proposed law is written as to require actual physical contact. But "annoy" is a dangerously broad term.

The law also presupposes a cop can know the intent of a person in such contact. Seems to me, an accidental brush or bumps in a crowd could result in felony charges. All depends on a cop's tolerance for being annoyed.

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