NY Passes Measure To Make Police A “Protected Class” That Can Fine Protesters Up To $50K

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  • The Nassau County Legislature in New York passed a measure that would allow police officers to sue protesters for harassment.
  • The legislation would classify law enforcement as a “protected class,” which would make police the only profession protected by the Human Rights Law.
  • “It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice for any person to harass, menace, assault or injure” any officer, the bill states.

David Edwards from Rawstory writes:

“The Nassau County Legislature in New York this week passed a measure that would allow police officers to sue protesters for harassment.

The bill would amend the county’s Human Rights Law to make police a “protected class,” which is currently limited to race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation. Police would be the only profession protected by the Human Rights Law.

“It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice for any person to harass, menace, assault or injure” an officer, the legislation states.

The measure was passed largely along party lines.

If the bill is signed into law by County Executive Laura Curran (D), a lawyer for the county could sue protesters on behalf of officers. Protesters could be fined $25,000. The fine could increase to $50,000 if the incident occurs during a riot…”

See full story here.



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