Re: HB 1417 Assault WCO - Game and Fish
Why should spitting on a LEO be any greater a fine and penalty than for doing the same to any non-Leo?
We have and are creating a class of super special citizens who get special protection under the law. If a person slaps an officer it is a misdemeanor or felony, if they slap you or I, it is only summary harrassment. That is simply not right. It is a violation of the equal protection clause of the US Constitution. I am really tired of hearing of instances in which an innocent person is treated roughly by police soley to see if they can get the person to take a swing or resist arrest and tack on real charges to the improper arrest. While I agree that it is a slim minority of the LEOs that do such a thing, I have seen it first hand, been the subject of such attempts and read about too many such cases in the paper. It was on the news this am, that a guy called the police about being harassed by his neighbor the police said when they got there the victim was unruly and that he resisted arrest (For what? The police didn't say). They tazed the guy and his head hit the curb, he died. State police are now investigating the local police. (May well be lots of sweeping going on)
An assault or attack should be absolutely the same charge, penalty and fine, regardless of the victim. What makes a average joe so invaluable to society that a crime against him is neglible, but the same crime against a Judge or LEO is a felony? We are either equal as citizens or we are not. Giving the police and LEO's such special protection is indicative of a police state.
The murders of WCO Grove are getting their due. This bill will do absolutely nothing different for situations like that. The shooter was prohibited from even possessing firearms and AIR, was on probation. He panicked about going back to jail. He will pay!