Contact Us

State Senate Passes Tougher Police Harassment Laws

Jennifer Rickard, WIBX

New legislation passed in the state Senate is making it a felony to harass a police officer.

The bill creates the crime of aggravated harassment of a police of peace officer, and can be used when a person harasses, annoys or threatens a police officer while on duty.

If convicted, the charge could result in up to four years in prison.

Senator Joe Griffo, who sponsored the bill, says the current laws ” are way too low for the offender and it sends the wrong message to the public.”

Griffo cited an incident in 2008 as the impetus behind the bill, but also pointed to a Utica traffic stop in 2012, where a police officer was assaulted.

The legislation is now in the Assembly, with sponsorship from Assemblyman Bill Magee. It has already passed the state Senate in three consecutive years.

Best of WIBX 950

Recommended For You

Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wibx950.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Register on WIBX 950 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a member? Sign up here

Register on WIBX 950 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive IBX INCENTIVE CLUB contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.