2017-07-19 / Front Page

Cop Murders A Hate Crime Under Pending Legislation

By Liz Goff
Attacking or assaulting police officers, firefighters and other first responders would be considered a hate crime under a measure passed by the State Senate on May 10.

The Community Protection Act would include police officers; firefighters and EMTs among first responders included in New York State hate crimes laws that impose stiffer penalties for violent crimes committed on the basis of race, gender, age and other factors.

The measure would make it a hate crime to intentionally target police, firefighters and other first responders, increasing charges for those crimes.

Under the legislation, a Class A misdemeanor would be considered a felony when it is committed as a hate crime targeting an individual because he or she is a police officer or other first responder.

The measure was sparked in part by the deaths of 135 U.S. law enforcement officers killed in the line f duty in 2016 – the most to occur since 2001. Twenty-one of those murders were ambush killings like those that tool the lives of NYPD officers Wenjuan Liu and Rafael Ramos in 2014, and Police Officer Miosotis Familia on July 5.

”That’s the highest number of ambush killings in more than two decades,” a police source confirmed. “Something must be done to help prevent violent, deadly attacks against our first responders.”

The legislation is waiting approval by the state Assembly, but it has not been scheduled for a vote.

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