A New York county executive signed a bill into law that made it an arrestable offense to “annoy” police- and one local police chief has made it clear that he will not enforce it.
On Wednesday, Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary went on record in stating that he would not enforce the controversial new law, which can punish offenders with jail time or up to a $5,000 fine for “annoying” police.
The law was passed earlier this week and was signed off by Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo.
The law was a response to recent attacks on officers in New York City, which often involved water being doused on them as well as other harassment and assaults.
In his statement, Singletary noted that while he is there to enforce the law and protect those under his command, he also believes that local law be a local matter, and that he will do what he feels is in everyone’s best interests.
Singletary wasn’t the only law enforcement head to have an issue with the law.
“This is a solution to a problem that does not exist,” Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter said in a statement.
According to Rochester First, those who drafted the bill say it’s designed to protect first responders and they say law enforcement officers will have the discretion to decide to use it or not.
“The intent of the law is that the first responders, those that are protecting our community, making sure that the 750,000 people here all well-protected,” Dinolfo said.
Many have questioned the constitutionality of the law, and expect it to be challenged in court if enforced.
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