Following a remarkable scene in New York City recently, where numerous, near-riotous civilians doused several NYPD officers with water, state lawmakers look to send a message. Two New York Assemblymen proposed legislation that would make dousing officers with water a felony.
Republican Assemblymen Mike LiPetri (Long Island) and Michael Reilly (Staten Island) announced the new legislation July 31 at New York City Hall.
“New York State must send a message that this will not be tolerated and I am confident that this bill provides law enforcement the tools they need to properly react,” LiPetri said, as reported by abc7ny.com.
“Common sense says you don’t dump a bucket of anything on a police officer responding to an emergency call,” said NYPD Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch, reported abc7ny.com.
Footage of the recent incident in NYC took the internet by storm. In that amateur video, officers clearly demonstrate tremendous restraint in what could have sparked into a tenuous situation. However, some critics speculated officers lost control of the scene and that immediate arrests should have been made.
Suspects Throw Water on Cops
The incident began when officers responded to break up gangs of residents congregating around open fire hydrants. Numerous residents turned to the hydrants to beat the heat during the recent massive heat wave. But bystanders quickly turned on the officers. Ultimately, one suspect seemingly threw a bucket into the head of an NYPD officer.
Since the incident, police arrested 23-year-old Isaiah Scott and 28-year-old Chad Boden. Each faces charges of harassment, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. A third male, 28-year-old Courtney Thompson, a reported gang member on probation, recently surrendered to police. He faces charges of obstructing governmental administration, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, harassment and criminal tampering, according to abc7ny.com.
“Someone thought it was all right and take a bucket of water and toss it over a cop’s head,” said NYPD Chief Terence Monahan, as reported by abc7ny.com. “That’s not all right. Any cop who thinks that’s all right, that they can walk away from something like that, maybe should consider whether or not that is the profession for them.”
The proposal next heads to the Assembly for approval, then to the Senate, before it can become signed into law.