LI lawmaker pushes for prison time for NYPD water throwers

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A Long Island lawmaker is pushing for prison time for anyone who douses a police officer in water.

The proposal comes after two videos went viral and sparked outrage showing people drenching NYPD officers in water in Harlem and Brooklyn.

Assemblyman Mike LiPetri, of Massapequa, called the incidents "disgraceful" and has introduced new legislation that would make it a felony to spray or throw water, or any other substance, on an on-duty officer.

"When I first saw this video I was absolutely horrified,” says LiPetri. “These are members of our communities. These are our families, our friends, our neighbors, our baseball coaches. And yet this is how they're being treated in our streets, just when they want to protect our communities?”

If the bill passes, offenders could get up to four years behind bars.

State Sen. Jim Gaurghran introduced a similar bill in May. That version would cover all members of public protection services.

 

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