Insulting a Kentucky state police officer can be a crime soon if a new law is passed.
New Bill will make it a crime to insult Kentucky cops
Senate Bill 211, drafted in response to the violent unrest in the state last summer, was passed 7-3 by a Senate committee. The bill was sponsored by Senator Danny Carroll (R-Benton), who is a retired police officer, according to Fox News.
“In this riot, you see people standing up in the officers’ faces, screaming in their ears and doing anything to provoke a violent response,” Carroll said.
“I’m not saying that the officers do this, but there needs to be a provision in this law that allows the officers to respond,” he added. “Because that doesn’t do anything other than stimulate the people in this environment, and it encourages and escalates inflammatory behavior.”
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Louisville’s anti-police riot
Louisville, the largest city in Kentucky, was plagued by riot police all last summer when Breonna Taylor died, who was fatally shot and killed in a police operation at her home last March.
Carroll made sure that the bill had nothing to do with restricting legitimate protest “in any way, form, form, or manner”.
“This country was built on legitimate protest and we must uphold that – our citizens’ right to do so. It’s about those who cross the line and commit criminal acts, ”he said.
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What the bill says
The bill states that a person is guilty of disorderly conduct – a Class B misdemeanor – if they “approach a law enforcement officer with abusive or derisive words, or through gestures or other physical contact, of a direct tendency, from the point of view of a reasonable and prudent one Provoke a violent reaction. “
While the bill has its supporters, others oppose it.
“I don’t think any of my good officers will be provoked into a violent reaction because someone makes a ‘Yo Mama’ joke or anything,” Senator David Yates (D) told the Louisville Courier Journal.
The police are getting less respect now than ever before, so such a bill might be appropriate.
This piece was written by James Samson on March 6th, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used with permission.
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