Lawmakers in the state of New York approved a bill this past Monday which gives police officers and other first responders the ability to sue anyone who harasses them because of their profession.
The bill passed the Nassau County legislature by a whopping 12-6 majority vote, however, it still needs the signed approval of county executive Laura Curran. The vote reached a consensus after hours of an often heated back-and-forth from police officers and members of the NAACP. Tracey Edwards, the NAACP’s regional director, said that police officers already have the ability to arrest people who harass them.
She added that the bill “disrespected” movements that had fought against discrimination. “What you are doing with this bill is you are taking this profession and you are putting that chosen profession above all of those people who fought during the Civil Rights movement,” she said.
The bill was met with opposition from those in more left-leaning circles. According to NBC, “Critics of the proposed law said it was unnecessary and poorly drafted and could have a chilling effect on protesters’ First Amendment rights.”
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