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New York Lawmaker Wants It To Be A Felony To ‘Annoy’ A Cop

June 7, 2013 by  

New York Lawmaker Wants It To Be A Felony To ‘Annoy’ A Cop

The New York State Senate has passed a bill that would make it illegal for people in the State to “annoy” police officers; critics believe the bill, if passed by the State’s other legislative body, will enable police to abuse their power.

The bill, sponsored by Republican State Senator Joe Griffo, would make it a felony offense to “harass, annoy, or threaten a police officer while on duty.”

“Our system of laws is established to protect the foundations of our society,” Griffo said. “Police officers who risk their lives every day in our cities and on our highways deserve every possible protection, and those who treat them with disrespect, harass them and create situations that can lead to injuries deserve to pay a price for their actions.”

The lawmaker believes “too many people in our society have lost the respect they need to have for a police officer.”

The bill does state that in order for the harassment charge to be levied, a police officer would have to feel physically threatened by his heckler.

From the bill:


Police officers in the State have lauded the bill.

“Professionally, I am grateful to see this bill pass through the Senate. Our police officers have a very dangerous job and need the support of our government leaders to help make them safe,” said Utica Police Department Chief Mark Williams. “All too often persons are physically challenging police officers in the line of duty. Currently in those instances where an officer is physically attack (short of sustaining a physical injury) the lawful charge is only a violation.”

While the physical threat aspect of the bill seems clear, many people have cited police incidents in which officers manufactured a threat in order to use heavy handed tactics. One recent example is that of the encounter a hearing-impaired Washington woman had with police when she was pulled over for allegedly using her cell phone while driving. When her disability kept her from hearing an officer’s orders and she jerked away when he grabbed her wrist, another cop promptly delivered a hefty beat down while shouting “Stop resisting!”, a phrase officers seem to love in those sorts of situations.

Perhaps in New York, cops will soon have a new phrase to shout as they bludgeon residents: Stop annoying me!

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Bernie

    For whatever reason this writer seems to think Police Officers are evil people with one track minds and that is to attack innocent civilians, you could not be further from the truth. The majority of Police Officers are hard working dedicated men and women who put their lives on the line everyday and night so we don’t have to. With EVERY CALL they have no idea weather or not the person is going to become violent or not , is a wanted felon or not just killed someone or is just the average Joe who is getting off work. So stop the attacks on them. They deserve our respect until proven otherwise …

    • Thomas

      Sorry Bernie, once it is proven otherwise it is Way too late!

    • AJ

      As a Paramedic for 25 years, I’ve worked closely with Law Enforcement in many jurisdictions. Yes, they have a tough job and several handle it well.

      I’ve also seen a whole lot of attitude problems, not just with the public but with other agencies such as Fire and EMS. A number of officers seem to forget the concept of innocent until proven guilty, and some seem to be taking out their bad days on others. The public is their boss, but how often do they act like they have the authority? Yes, they have limited authority over suspects, even that must come with as much care and respect as possible.

  • Zach

    Absolutely ridiculous I can see even more abuse of power. Cop having a bad day or just an A$& will confront someone minding their own wich will lead to a false arrest from annoying a cop, what a joke.

  • Donna Sangsiri

    It’s hard to choose between New York and California – which one will be beamed up first. Maybe if we are lucky they will take them together. Unbelievable

  • Fay Guht

    Legitimizing sociopathology.

  • Himmler rising

    Boycot New York. Boycot California. Destroy their tax base.

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  • Brandon

    Unreal. As if enough cops didn’t abuse their power now, this should make for a seriously macabre twist of events…

  • Nancy

    Isn’t alarming” a peace officer to get his/her attention regarding a dangerous situation part of why we have peace officers? This bill is so poorly written it has the potential to keep people from reporting crimes. And the potential for police abuse is through the roof!

  • Jordan

    Can we then vote for it to be a felony to harass the public, make an arrest with no warrant, to note know the law or the constitutional rights while in any role of authority and for annoying the public? How about making it a felony to obstruct justice? Lol how about make it a felony to be ignorant? How about we make it a felony to eat donuts while in a police uniform hell lets just include bacon being against the law for everyone and everyone loves bacon would that be the last straw to take away people’s bacon? Hell while your at it take away all right to voice freedom of speech… Btw I’m representing the natural Jordan and not the fiction personality JORDAN. And without prejudice me…


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