New York Senate makes it a felony to annoy a police officer


35 Responses to “New York Senate makes it a felony to annoy a police officer”

  1. eliterrell says:

    The legislation appears to be nonspecific as to whether a ‘dehumanizing stare’ would be illegal.

  2. knoxblox says:

    Hmmm. Sounds like it’s time for some practical jokes of the surreptitious kind, like visual stain detection powder and the like. Interior of the police car, perhaps?

    How to get away with it, though…

  3. bobthelob says:

    I’m getting the fuck out of this city

  4. Andrew Singleton says:

    AFK emailing all of my friends in new york to pack their crap an d leave.


  5. Rob says:

    I am fairly certain that its illegal anyway. Personally I just comply politely with the police I deal with, and remember their badge numbers for later if they turn out to be a dirty cop.

  6. Dennis Coxe says:

    Gee, I wonder why disrespect for police is on the uptick? Could it be because they have developed such a thin skin that they need to be protected from being annoyed?

  7. William Dudley Haywood says:

    Whenever I make a post here saying we need to start killing police, it gets deleted, but no one has ever suggested a better solution.  The US imprisons more than any other state, ever, in all of human history.  If violent insurrection was ever an appropriate response, it is appropriate now.  Boingboing readers are whiter and wealthier than most of America, perhaps that is why you don’t see how serious this problem is.  We can’t vote for a different system.  The US has first past the post, single member districts, winner take all elections.  There is no room for a non-corporate dominated party to enter politics.  Even if, somehow, against the odds, a radical does win the vote, the US has a history of straight up refusing to seat any left wing candidate elected to high office, as in the
    case of Victor Berger in 1918 in the US House of Representatives and
    five socialist Assembly members in New York in 1920. If a left
    party begins to gain real traction, we can expect their leading
    figure(s) to be imprisoned, like Eugene Debs, or assassinated, like Fred
    Hampton. We do not have a democratic society. This isn’t Canada or
    Denmark. It is a brutal oligarchy.

  8. jefurii says:


  9. Scratcheee says:

    Actually, my reading of the rule (limited to what is posted here) does not require that a person touch the police officer at all.  “Any type of physical action” could simply mean, for example, skipping or chewing gum.  Both of which are already illegal anyway, if I recall correctly.

    • wysinwyg says:

       Or recording something on a cell phone camera…

      …in case anyone was wondering what this law is really about.

    • chenille says:

      Griffo said physical action and sounds like he would like this as broad as possible, but for now the text says physical contact. So not skipping or recording unless they, you know, walk up to you.

    • The Rizz says:

      Remember, breathing is a physical action.

  10. ffabian says:

    “This is a necessary action because we can see from the rise in incidents that too many people in our society have lost the respect they need to have for a police officer.”

    Incidents of police brutality?

    Thats legalizing the police state. Reads like a law from Soviet Russia.

  11. Felton / Moderator says:

    “any type of physical action”

    Except for licking their boots, of course.

  12. llazy8 says:

    Two things:

    1) Will filming be considered harrassment, as it would for a private citizen?

    2)  Will this force a large section of the media back to Anita Bryant days where discussions of whether to pronounce it ‘harr-assment’ or ‘harrass-ment’ ramble on ad nauseum?

  13. Brian Easton says:

    Um. It’s not a law yet. It has to pass the assembly and be signed into law by the Governor. If you have a problem with this don’t leave the state, call your assemblyman and urge them to not pass it.

  14. Christopher Scott says:

    It’s a physical action to record with your phone or other device, right?

  15. crenquis says:

    The first image that popped in my head… 

  16. iamlegion says:

    This is a necessary action because we can see from the rise in incidents
    that too many people in our society have lost the respect they need to
    have for a police officer.

    What you fail to see, Senator Dickhead, is that the _reason_ people have no respect for your cops is that your cops have no sense of professionalism or common decency. It’s certainly not the case in every jurisdiction across the country (the cops in my city are actually know to be quite decent), so the fact that NY is having such issues kinda points to the conclusion that the problem is _you_, not everyone else.

  17. The United States of America; Land of the Free, Home of the Brave, Leader of the Free World,  with Liberty and Justice for All.

    No wonder everyone around the world is clamoring to come and live in the USA, to be free from Oppression and Corruption, where the Police protect and serve, where a person can be truly Free….

    …Yeah Right.

  18. Nell Anvoid says:

    Somehow, I just cannot see this working the way the legislative buffoons intend. Then again,  I wonder what Senator Puff N’ Stuff  and his ilk really have  in mind when considering the general public and “the respect they need to have for a police officer”…..

    My idea of respect seems quite different than the “respect” forced out of someone staring at the business end of a police baton. 

    • Boundegar says:

      People with no self-respect don’t know what respect feels like – but they understand fear, and feel it makes a fine substitute.

  19. JonS says:

    Oh, come on folks. It’s not that bad, and things are getting better. Well, not as good as yesterday, but much better than tomorrow.

  20. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Moderator note: You can continue this discussion here.

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