LI officials push for legislation against attacks on police

By Vera Chinese with Newsday

July 28, 2019

Originally published in Newsday on July 28, 2019.

Long Island elected officials and police are working to draft legislation "to deter violent acts against public safety professionals" in the wake of water bucket attacks against officers in New York City that were caught on video, officials said.

A coalition that included Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, state Sen. John Brooks (D-Seaford), Suffolk Police Chief of Department Stuart Cameron and Suffolk Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart gathered Sunday in Hauppauge to discuss legislation meant to thwart such attacks.

Several bills have been introduced in the State Legislature, including one sponsored by Sen. James Gaughran (D-Huntington) that defines and increases penalties for crimes committed against public protection professionals.

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