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Has gone to the anti-police and anti-fascist violence too far? The former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik and lawyer Harmeet Dhillon weigh in.
A Republican bill that would be taken to increase the penalties for throwing water on police officers, after a series of incidents in which the members of the New York ‘ s Finest doused by bucket-wielding mobs, in front of some of the initial Democratic opposition months before the bill could still.
The Republicans in the state Assembly were annoyed by viral videos, the drenched of police officers, the officers of groups of the local inhabitants — with the NYPD, respond, apparently, feel able to and walk. The police, because of a series of arrests in connection to the cases, but the incidents have caused national attention, with President Trump calling the incident “a total embarrassment” in the last month.
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GOP lawmakers take a bill that would make it, or spraying water “, or any other substance” on a police officer, a class E crime with a prison sentence of up to four years in prison.
The Deputy Mike LiPetri, who introduced the bill, told Fox News in an interview on Thursday, that it is the character of the bill has some bipartisan support, some Democrats-particularly in the Senate, but recognized the early signs of other Democrats push back in the Assembly.
“I believe that everything in Albany is always a tough fight, it’s just a matter of perseverance and cooperation to unite, not the two houses separate to that, this effort is over,” he said.
Assembly speaker Carl Heastie, who will decide whether the bill is brought up for a vote, showed his opposition to the measure this week.
“But I do not know whether the proposals for new penalties and laws [the answer] … I think on the positive end, we should continue to try and create a community and the response of the police,” he said, according to The New York Post. “I think this is more of an advantage, instead of saying only” we lock people up.”
“I think people should respect the police, but I think the police should also be communities of respect,” he added.
“It is a real shame that the speaker feels that way, but I hope that the conference feels otherwise,” LiPetri. “Especially if you are going to help in law enforcement and we want our communities safe and maintain the life in the city.”
But the opposition is not limited to the speaker. City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, a Democrat, told The New York Daily News that the bill was a “huge overreaction.”
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“The public advocate has always stressed that the water with the officers, with the water is dangerous, it is shameful and unacceptable, but this proposal is a huge over-reaction and over-criminalization of an activity that is already illegal,” a Williams spokesman told The News. “Clearly, these continued measures will need to stop, but the hype and the headlines can’t drive, criminal justice, policy, or against the progress we have made over the years of the reform.”
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, the co-sponsors of the legislation, said that Heastie was the opposition, “problematic”, but the statement also expressed the hope that a number of Democrats would back. The Assembly is currently out of session until January, when the bill could be taken up by the legislature.
“Most of our elected officials say they stand with the NYPD and they support our police, but this is an opportunity for you to get your money where your mouth is and punish the actually back-up with common-sense legislation that will those anarchists, the lack of respect for our police and try to detain them, their response to the crime scenes,” she told Fox News.
Critics have pointed out that throwing water on a police officer is already a crime, and accused of pusher from the account of the call for a disproportionate response. But Malliotakis said that a number of bills went through Albany on issues such as the reduction of the security Deposit and a misdemeanor conviction, which she describes as “pro-criminal.”
“There are a number of bills, the pro-criminal, which said the rights of criminals before those of victims and as we see many of the prosecutors plead down, we believe, a class E crime is a good place to start”, you were.
She also pointed to past rhetoric from mayor Bill de Blasio, is upset with police officers with what they see as the anti-cop comments to topics such as ” race and police. De Blasio told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday evening, that the perpetrators identified have been in the water attacks, “arrested, and consistently.”
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“Who committed a crime have committed the New York police, will be arrested,” he said.
But Malliotakis said that the legislature needs to send a message that it is not acceptable to attack police officers.
“The rhetoric that we have seen from our mayor and elected representatives from the left have created an environment here in New York City, where the people believe that this behavior is against our police officers is unacceptable and it is certainly not as elected officials to participate need to send it to us with the passing of this legislation, the right message.”