ALBANY, NY (WRGB) Sheriffs from multiple counties were in Albany, calling on Governor Cuomo and legislators to pass proposals to ensure the safety of law enforcement.
There are 10 proposals that they are looking to advance protections for law enforcement.
"It is a time where we can look at ourselves, look at our agencies and see how we can do things better.." said Washington County Sheriff Murphy.
Sheriff Murphy says it appears with NY's executive order there are what he calls "a lot of anti-law enforcement bills"
...in a lot of these bills and really takes the handcuffs off the defendant and puts it on police.
The 10 proposals are as follows:
- Make resisting arrest a class E felony, make it an offense for which a judge could require the posting of bail.
- Make it a class D felony for anyone to remain within 25 feet of an officer as they are attempting to perform their duties, and the officer has told the individual to stand back.
- Make assault on a police officer be a higher level felony charge, an increase of one degree.
- Make it a class D felony for a person to cause, or attempt to cause any police officer preforming their duties to be struck by a substance or object, such as a brick or bottle.
- Make any crime committed against a police officer because of his or her status as a police officer a hate crime.
- Make it a Class D Felony to falsely accuse a police officer of wrongdoing in the performance of his or her duties.
- Make it a Class D felony to doxx (release private information, such as full legal name or home address, via the internet) a police officer because of their status as a police officer.
- Make it a Class E felony to stalk a police officer, whether on duty or not, and to approach within one hundred yards of the private residence of an officer without their consent because they are an officer.
- Provide a $500,000 benefit for police officers who are seriously disabled or die from injuries incurred in the line of duty.
- Make May 15th, Police Memorial Day, a State holiday, including an annual ceremony in which the names of fallen officers will be read aloud out of respect for their service and sacrifice.