Police in Nassau County, New York are getting some much-needed support after excessive harassment and violence had been waged against police nationwide often by members of BLM and Antifa rioters.
In a 12-6 vote mostly along party lines, Nassau legislators voted to expand protections for law enforcement, granting them the ability to civilly sue protesters who menace or injure them.
Legislator Josh Lafazan introduced the bill and said in a statement to News 12 in Long Island, “There is no justification for violence against law enforcement officers. And these bills will add further protections in law to protect Nassau County’s finest as they protect us.”
The bill allows for the assessment of fines ranging from $25,000 for non-riot incidents, and up to $50,000 if the offense occurs during a riot. This positive development for law enforcement may spread beyond Nassau County and into cities that saw billions in property damage and the loss of at least 19 lives in the summer of death and destruction that was 2020.
(Video: CBS New York)
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran issued a statement saying, “I’m proud of the dedicated first responders who’ve made Nassau the safest County in America, and I will continue to stand against defunding the police. My administration is committed to protecting the brave men and women of law enforcement who keep us safe. There were many speakers today who questioned this legislation. Now that it has been passed by the Legislature, I will be making an inquiry to the Attorney General’s Office to review and provide some advice.”
Not surprisingly, critics of the bill claim that the free speech rights of protesters are being violated, and at a recent meeting with the Nassau public in attendance, legislators were likened to Nazis and a chant of “pull that bill” came forth from the crowd. Activists say the bill is simply a retaliation for the costly and deadly BLM riots and an abuse of power on the part of the county. The laughable objection is of course more of the same rhetoric from the far-left. Namely that criminals are to be celebrated and law enforcement demonized over several police killings, and that civil rights do not extend to police officers, only to crooks and thugs.
Civil rights attorney Fred Brewington stated his predicable opinion on the matter, saying “This is an enormous grant of power to police who don’t need to have this power and also don’t need to try to utilize a lawsuit that will basically silence individuals by threatening them that they could lose their livelihood, lose their property and their bank accounts.”
One member of the NAACP expressed incredulity at the bill’s passage, saying “I cannot believe that Nassau County legislators would vote and try to suppress the freedom of speech that we all have as citizens. I also am disturbed by the penalties that are associated with it.”
One wonders if enablers like Vice-President Kamala Harris and George Soros will be supporting any handouts or assistance for the offenders, as the two (among many) are wont to do.
The bill in its entirety can be read here.
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