New Yorkers in upstate Monroe County may be walking on eggshells around local law enforcement in the future, thanks to a proposal that makes annoying first responders a jailable offense.
The Monroe County Legislature approved the proposal on Tuesday by a seven-man margin, and the county executive will hold a hearing to determine whether or not the bill will become law.
Needless to say, civil liberties advocates aren’t too thrilled with what appears by many to be another example of “Empire State authoritarianism” gone awry.
“Members of the community have every right to challenge police officers, particularly those that engage in unnecessary behavior,” Iman Abid of the NY Civil Liberties Union said in a statement. “At a time when more accountability of police departments is needed, this law takes us incredibly backward.”
According to the New York Post, the proposed law appears to have been inspired by the water-dousing of NYPD officers that took place earlier this summer.
While the bill has been passed, many -to include John Jay College Professor Delores Jones-Brown- believe the law could easily infringe on one’s constitutional rights, therefore making a challenge of the law inevitable.
— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) August 21, 2019
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