Dan Levy & WNYT Staff
Updated: July 15, 2020 08:22 PM
Created: July 15, 2020 12:51 PM
The New York State Sheriff's Association is calling on state lawmakers and Governor Andrew Cuomo to pass legislation aimed at protecting law enforcement.
They met with reporters Wednesday morning to share their concerns.
What the sheriffs are saying is they believe too many politicians, community activists, and in some instances, the media have fostered an attitude toward the police, which excuses or even glamorizes resistance to lawful authority.
The sheriffs believe most of the tragic incidents which have resulted in injury or death to individuals at the hands of police officers occurred because an individual refused to comply with a lawful order.
The sheriffs also believe too many political leaders have endangered the lives of police officers either actively, through their inflammatory rhetoric, or passively, by their failure to speak up in favor of police officers who serve and sacrifice.
The sheriffs are now calling on the Legislature and the governor to enact a series of bills that they feel will reemphasize the importance of citizen compliance with police orders.
Among the proposals: to make it felony for resisting arrest or failure to retreat when a police officer gives such an order.
In addition, they would like to see an assault against a police officer considered a hate crime with elevated consequences.
Hear the sheriffs' concerns about anti-law enforcement bills by watching the video of Dan Levy's story.
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