New York bill would make it a crime to ‘annoy’ police

By William R. Toler

Those elected to allegedly serve the interests of “the people” in the State of New York, as usual are working on a bill to protect some of their own: the police. New-York-seal

According to WIVB, legislators in the Empire State (fitting nickname) seek to make a crime to “annoy” a cop. The imaginative title of the bill: “An act to amend the penal law, in relation to aggravated harassment of peace officers or police officers.”

The bill states:

A PERSON IS GUILTY OF AGGRAVATED HARASSMENT OF A POLICE OFFICER OR PEACE OFFICER WHEN, WITH THE INTENT TO HARASS, ANNOY, THREATEN OR ALARM A PERSON WHOM HE OR SHE KNOWS OR REASONABLY SHOULD KNOW TO BE A POLICE OFFICER OR PEACE OFFICER ENGAGED IN THE COURSE OF PERFORMING HIS OR HER OFFICIAL DUTIES, HE OR SHE STRIKES, SHOVES, KICKS OR OTHERWISE SUBJECTS SUCH PERSON TO PHYSICAL CONTACT.

If the bill is passed, it would go into effect in November and “violators” will face a felony charge and up to four years in a cage.

One of the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Joe Griffo, had this to say in support for the words on paper: “”Police officers who risk their lives every day in our cities and on our highways deserve every possible protection, and those who treat them with disrespect, harass them and create situations that can lead to injuries deserve to pay a price for their actions.”

The station didn’t talk to anyone opposed to the bill, but did state in the first paragraph that it is “a move that could have far reaching consequences.”

While being annoying can be, well, annoying, it doesn’t cause harm to anyone or their property and therefore should not be a crime.

Legislation like this could lead to even more prison overcrowding of peaceful people and more police brutality. There are already people being arrested for “annoying” cops without there even being a law against it.

Antonio Buehler, co-founder of the Peaceful Streets Project, is currently on trial in Gonzales, Texas for annoying a cop. Back in March, Buehler yelled to an officer, “Go fuck yourself” after being made to leave a courtroom.

It would also be an excuse to arrest every Cop Block and Cop Watch member who record all encounters in an effort to achieve accountability. “Oh…you’re annoying me. You’re under arrest.”

A bill with vague language leaving it up to the interpretation of the officer, is the worse kind of legislation.

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  6. Andy

    It says there has to be physical contact.

    Surely that’s a lot different from just ‘being annoying’. I think you’ve got the wrong end of the stick here.

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  9. arlen

    And, I’m sure that the word “annoy” in the proposed law, would be defined as looking at a cop, breathing the same air as the cop, or even existing in the same universe as the cop. Basically, this law would be a convenience for the police, so when they decide to get their jollies from torturing and/or killing you, they won’t have to be bothered filling out all that boring paperwork later.

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  11. LAW-EDUCATED

    Simply giving their nazi trained thugs that hide behind a badge, even more room for corruption and misbehaviour far worse than any criminal they have put in jail…annoy…well maybe in New York, but not where I come from…yet, so go to hell all nazi-police of New york and your superiors and the whole legal/jutice system, oh that’s right, you are all to going to hell once GODs Law (the only law), administers HIS LAW…soon, just keep being the illegal Pr’s you are ….was that annoying enough you criminal thugs! Perhaps read your law and understand that all of you PR’s have swore to uphold PEACE…not that you know anything about pearce, and the other responsibility is that you are a labourer for teh CITIZENS, so step out of line and watch how quickly we drag your asses to our corrupt justice system and WIN…youjust need to know the law and its intricate workings. Oh and a-holes remember the constitution, you know the one you’re trying to destroy, IT’S STILL OUR CONSTITUTION….so watch yourselves coppers! I hope you try this shit on me and I’ll show how citizens can rid this country of satan’s feces like yourselves! GET IT CRIMINALS!

  12. john kulaya

    doesn’t it say the intent is to annoy or harass but the individual must also engage in physical (aggressive) contact with the officer, that is strike, shove, kick ? Reading this paragraph alone doesn’t indicate verbal abuse, insults, or filming alone violate the law.

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  18. john

    so, all a cop has to do is say the Bloomberg annoyed him? thats too easy

  19. “You are hereby charged with being annoying!”
    Jct: Only in lunatic nation! They never cease to amaze.

  20. hp

    Nice words and not so nice actions are two different things.

    “Contempt of cop,” though not illegal, is routinely punished by criminal police violence ranging from arrest, beating, tasing, on up to and including summary execution. It happens all day every day across the looted plain.

  21. User_R

    I bet I know how this story ends:

    Guy is filming, cop tries to grab guy, guy evades cop’s arm (or moves own arm) instinctively because he doesn’t like being grabbed. Guy is sent up for “annoying” cop –

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