'N Voorgestelde wetsontwerp van Kentucky sal 'n misdaad maak om 'n polisiebeampte te beledig of te spot

Wetgewers in die staat Kentucky het 'n wetsontwerp voorgestel wat dit 'n misdaad sal maak om 'n wetstoepassingsman te beledig of te bespot op 'n manier wat 'n gewelddadige reaksie kan uitlok..

It’s one of several provisions included in a larger bill that seeks to increase penalties for crimes related to riots. A state Senate committee passed the bill last week.
Onder die wetsontwerp, a person whoaccosts, insults, taunts, or challenges a law enforcement officer with offensive or derisive words, or by gestures or other physical contact, that would have a direct tendency to provoke a violent responsein a public place would be guilty of disorderly conduct in the second degree. The offense would be classified as a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and fines of up to $ 250.
      That particular section of the bill includes language aroundintent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm” — an apparent reference to demonstrasies in Louisville and other cities last year.
        Danny Carroll, a Republican state senator and the bill’s lead sponsor, said during a hearing that he introduced the bill as a response to violence and vandalism seen in recent months, CNN affiliate WAVE berig.
          This is not about lawful protest in any way, vorm, form or fashion,” hy het gesê. “This country was built on lawful protest and it’s something we must maintainour citizensright to do so.
          Carroll continued, “What this deals with are those who cross the line and commit criminal acts. If you see the riots, you see people getting in these officers faces, yelling in their ears, doing anything they can to provoke a violent response.
          Democratic state Sen. David Yates was among those who opposed the bill, criticizing its language and arguing that law enforcement officers should be able to resist provocation if someone happens to be yelling at them.
          I think by us having that kind of language in here, it makes my stomach turn, because I don’t believe any of my good officers are going to provoke a violent response because someone does a ‘your mamajoke or whatnot,” Yates said.
          The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky geroep the proposalan extreme bill to stifle dissent.
            The legislation also attempts to address calls to defund police, wat dit vermeld “governmental entities responsible for the funding of the various law enforcement agencies shall maintain and improve their respective financial support to the Commonwealth’s law enforcement agencies.” Daarbenewens, it would make anyone whoknowingly provides supplies to a riot that can be used as weapons or dangerous instrumentsguilty of riot in the first degree.
            The proposal comes about a year after Breonna Taylor was killed by Louisville police in an overnight drug raid. Her death sparked widespread demonstrations and calls for police reform both in Louisville and across the nation.

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