NewsLocal News


County signs ‘harassment bill’ to protect first responders

Posted at 11:08 AM, Dec 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-04 11:08:57-05

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York county executive has signed a measure to protect police from behavior considered annoying or harassing.

WHEC reports Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo signed a new county law dubbed the “harassment bill” on Monday, after a day of angry protests.

The bill makes threatening, harassing or annoying police officers or emergency responders a crime punishable by fines or jail time.

Community activists in Rochester demonstrated outside of the municipal building against the new law Monday and promised continued protests.

Critics say the law is unconstitutionally vague and could be enforced disproportionately against minority populations.

Dinolfo argues the measure is about supporting first responders.