Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-08-03 15:11:18 –
Lawmakers in Nassau County, New York, a county that includes a large area of Long Island, approved a bill on Monday that allowed law enforcement officers to sue protesters who harassed them about their work.
NBC News The bill reports that it passed the county council with 12-6 votes.
County executive Laura Callan said she would seek inquiries from her New York state office to “provide advice” on the law.
“I’m proud of the devoted first responders who made Nassau the safest county in the United States, and I continue to oppose police financing,” Karan said. “My administration is committed to protecting the brave men and women of law enforcement agencies that keep us safe.”
according to WCBS-TVLaw enforcement officers may demand up to $ 25,000 and up to $ 50,000 for each breach if harassment occurs during a riot.
according to CNNThe bill sparked fierce debate during the five-hour public testimony period prior to voting. Critics argued that the law was unnecessary given that police officers already had the authority to arrest them.
According to NBC News, NAACP Regional Director Tracey Edwards said, “What the bill is doing is adopting this profession and choosing it over all those who fought during the civil rights movement. It means that we prioritize our profession. “
Proponents of the law, including Brian Sullivan, president of the Nassau County Correctional Officer Charity Association, argued that the law was necessary for “a wide range of patterns of physical attacks and intimidation directed at police.”
This law is one of many passed in recent weeks with the aim of increasing punishment for those who participate in protests, especially those against police atrocities. The new law comes the year after months of protests against racial injustice following the police killing of George Floyd.