UPDATED 12:47 PM PT — Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Following the latest water attack on the NYPD, GOP lawmakers in New York say enough is enough. They have introduced a bill which would make it an Class E felony to douse water or any other substance on an on-duty officer. Assembly members Michael Reilly and Mike LaPetri held a press conference alongside police officers Wednesday about the new proposal.
.@NYCPBA President Pat Lynch with Assembly members @NMalliotakis @TheMikeLiPetri and @MikeWReilly condemning recent water attacks on NYPD officers responding to calls. pic.twitter.com/aZgoCIjycO
— John Seravalli (@John_Seravalli1) July 31, 2019
Several people have been charged with misdemeanors in connection to water-dousing attacks in the Bronx and Manhattan, but Republican lawmakers believe the charges should be upgraded. They say the attacks have reached a tipping point, and they must be stopped before a life-threatening attack.
This time it’s water. What’s next? Gasoline? Acid? What will it take for radical left-wing politicians to abandon their hostile police rhetoric to law enforcement?
The GOP lawmakers claim the attacks have been fueled by the radical left. President Trump recently called the incidents “a total disgrace” on Twitter, and said Mayor Bill de Blasio needs to “stand up for those who protect our lives and serve us all so well.”
We love our Law Enforcement Officers all around this great Country. What took place in NYC with water being tossed on NYPD officers was a total disgrace. It is time for @NYCMayor @BilldeBlasio to STAND UP for those who protect our lives and serve us all so well…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2019
The proposed Class E felony would be punishable by up to four years in prison.