Sheriffs across NY unveil 10 proposals to protect law enforcement
The New York Sheriffs’ Association has unveiled 10 proposals to protect law enforcement offciers and also civilians.
There were several news conferences on Wednesday, including one in Lockport led by Acting Niagara County Sheriff Michael Filicetti.
The 10 proposals will be sent to state law makers for their review.
The proposals include:
- Increasing Resisting Arrest to a Class E felony
- Making Failure to Retreat a Class D felony
- Increase the levels of seriousness for assaulting a police officer by one degree, and making them crimes that require bail
- Make aggravated harassment of a police or peace officer a Class D felony
- Deem crimes against police officers because of their status hate crimes
- Make it a Class D felony to falsely accuse a police or peace officer of wrongdoing
- Make it a Class D felony to dox (publish private information on the internet with malicious intent) a police or peace officer because of their status
- Make it a Class E felony to stalk or surveille a police or peace officer with no legitimate purpose
- Provide a $500,000 benefit for police officers who are seriously injured or die in the line of duty
- Make May 15 a state holiday to honor police officers who have died in New York State. This also proposes holding an annual ceremony at the Police Memorial Wall in Albany on the Monday closest to May 1.