Nassau County Executive Vetoes Bill That Would Punish People For Making Cops Feel Bad

from the but-an-underlying-problem-remains dept

Good news in Nassau County, New York. The stupid law that turned not being sufficiently deferential to cops (or other first responders) into a quasi-hate crime has been rejected by the head of Nassau County’s government, accompanied by a message to the stupid legislators who passed it. (via Michael Vario)

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran on Tuesday vetoed a bill to give police and other first responders the right to sue under the county Human Rights Law when they face “discrimination” from protesters or others.


In her veto letter to lawmakers, Curran acknowledged the “genuine concern” of community members “that the law would intimidate free citizens from engaging in peaceful demonstrations without fear of retaliation.”

Citing an opinion from state Attorney General Letitia James, Curran pointed out the obvious: the new bill — which criminalized “harassing” first responders (but really mostly cops) — didn’t have a chance in hell of surviving a constitutional challenge, especially when it tied increased legal penalties to acts occurring during “riots” (even if the person charged was not actually rioting).

Curran continued: “There is no consensus among elected officials and the public that this current legislation is necessary, carefully crafted and without negative consequences.”

Well, there was enough of a consensus the bill was passed by a margin of 12-6. That the consensus is wrong about the bill’s necessity and the quality of the craftsmanship is the larger problem and it indicates there will be similar proposals in the future, especially since local law enforcement can’t seem to be disabused of the notion that a career choice isn’t an immutable characteristic worthy of protection from discrimination.

Of course, police unions are still complaining about this completely expected turn of events.

“First responders are sometimes treated as second class citizens, Jennifer,” Nassau PBA board member Thomas O’Reilly told CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan. “We feel very hurtful about that. We thought this was a good bill.

Odd that a cop rep would admit to “feeling hurtful” about events that didn’t go their way. Seems inadvertently revealing.

But notice that the only first responders unions complaining are those representing cops. People have no problem with EMTs and firefighters — first responders who almost never subject people to excessive force or rights violations. The whining from the Police Benevolent Association continues:

“We shouldn’t be spit on. We shouldn’t have water thrown on us. We shouldn’t be intimidated and harassed and people blowing smoke in our face,” O’Reilly said.

OH MY GOD. How do your officers even cope with actually dangerous criminals, who are capable of far more than making them feel wet or otherwise mildly uncomfortable?

The bigger problem is a law already on the books which will encourage legislators who think the PBA makes good points to keep plugging away at expanding protection of police officers at the expense of the rights of the people they serve.

The Legislature in 2019 extended protections against discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations to veterans and first responders.

That’s the foot that will remain in the legislative door until that one finally comes off the books. As long as it remains, it will be exploited by opportunists who somehow believe cops just don’t have enough power or protections.

Filed Under: , , , ,

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “Nassau County Executive Vetoes Bill That Would Punish People For Making Cops Feel Bad”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment

Re: So glad I got the extended warranty...

Actually, I agree. People shouldn’t throw waters on others (except maybe in a mutually agreed water fight), spit on others or blow smoke in their faces. Just as they shouldn’t fire tear gas grenades at peaceful protesters, fire rubber bullets at reporter’s faces, forcefully eject people from a church grounds that the local clergy don’t want ejected, illegally force their way into buildings and attack and injure the police who are only trying to do their jobs – I could go on, but I’m sure you get my drift.

That One Guysays:

It was a glass house but nary a wall is left standing

In general I’d agree but having a bloody police union complain that their members are being ‘intimidated and harassed’ because people are throwing water on them and blowing smoke in their faces is like listening to a person you just watched punch someone in the face simply because they felt like it and who has a long history of assaults complain about how hurtful it is when people call them names like ‘violent thug’.

That Anonymous Cowardsays:

"even if the person charged was not actually rioting"

Because its easier to just label a group & then treat them like a monolith where the blame is shared by all, even if they did nothing.

Something something PBA PR hacks screaming not all cops, while claiming everyone at a BLM march was armed and trying to kill cops.

"?We feel very hurtful about that. We thought this was a good bill.?"

Bitch you have QI, stop crying. You literally can murder someone on the street, in front of cameras & witnesses and STILL somehow manage to walk away… boo hoo hoo you can’t sue when someone calls you a fscking pig.


?First responders are sometimes treated as second class citizens, Jennifer,?

Which universe is that in? Did you just leak over from some parallel dimension or what? Here’s a tip: Stay here, where cops are zeroth-class citizens (who don’t even consider themselves civilians!). They have loads of extra rights, excessive powers, and almost no responsibility whatsoever. Enjoy!

?We shouldn?t be spit on. We shouldn?t have water thrown on us. We shouldn?t be intimidated and harassed and people blowing smoke in our face,? O?Reilly said.

Hey, no one should have to suffer that. But welcome to Earth, and welcome to one of many professions which pose a generally higher risk of coming into contact with such behavior. (When we aren’t totally lying about how much that actually happens, or specific incidents of those things happening.)

But if you would care for wider public support when you are treated abusively, try doing a better job, in the spirit of the story we’ve created around "serve and protect", and stop being so goddamned abusive of the public, and in ways the public could never be abusive toward you. Also, stop ignoring covering for, and defending unto the end, cops, and cop behaviors and culture which engender such abuse, if you are "one of the good ones". (I realize it is hard to stand up against them when the whole system of bastards is arrayed against you, even if you are on the inside.) But your near the top, on the PBA board, so…

David Wsays:

Defamation of a civil servant

In Germany, this already exists, but the civil servants (including police & first responders, as well as council and federal services workers) can’t sue, it is an offence and you face court and a fine.

It used to be a very big thing, but nowadays, many police officers will let small slights slide, but anyone being really obnoxious can find themselves being issued with a ticket. If you say something in the heat of the moment, then apologise straight away, you will probably get away with it. But be stroppy and keep calling the official a tosser etc. and they will probably issue you with a ticket.

Attacking police, spitting, shoving etc. comes under assault, AFAIK.



Well, do the retail workers carry guns? I guess the principal difference is that the retail worker depends on your cooperation to get your money while the cop gets it upfront. The retail worker does one-off jobs to serve you while the cop is hired and gets a salary.

Maybe you should rethink your hiring strategy.


How typical that there are those who do not want the Mall Cops to cry/whine/whimper/tantrum when their feewings are hurt,…

Considering king David, you know, that man after God’s own heart, was NOT "protected" from feeling bad when he had killed whatshername’s husband so he could continue screwing her,…

Consider also it is our realization of the wrongs we do, that bring us to STOP doing those wrongs.

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...
Older Stuff
15:51 [UPDATED]: Myanmar's Military Junta Sentences American Journalist To Eleven Years In Prison (8)
12:01 Hong Kong Government Now Directly Censoring Films In Hopes Of Shutting Down Protest-Related Documentaries (21)
10:50 Fifth Circuit Appeals Court Strips Immunity For Officers Who Arrested A Journalist For Asking Questions (16)
10:44 Why Falsely Claiming It's Illegal To Shout Fire In A Crowded Theater Distorts Any Conversation About Online Speech (85)
05:36 Massachusetts College Decides Criticizing The Chinese Government Is Hate Speech, Suspends Conservative Student Group (144)
16:07 Court Says City Of Baltimore's 'Heckler's Veto' Of An Anti-Catholic Rally Violates The First Amendment (28)
12:19 Chicago Court Gets Its Prior Restraint On, Tells Police Union Head To STFU About City's Vaccine Mandate (385)
11:03 LinkedIn (Mostly) Exits China, Citing Escalating Demands For Censorship (24)
12:10 Court Tells Arkansas Troopers That Muting Anti-Cop Terms On Its Facebook Page Violates The 1st Amendment (37)
13:43 Right-Wing Commentator Dan Bongino Runs Into Florida Anti-SLAPP Law, Now Owes Daily Beast $32,000 In Legal Fees (14)
20:41 North Carolina Sued By Flying Dog Brewery Over Regulatory Body Refusing To Allow Sales Due To 'Offensive' Label (19)
09:59 Now Josh Hawley Is Threatening Google Over 1st Amendment Protected Expression (44)
12:08 PETA Sues NIH And HHS Directors For Blocking Comments With 'PETA' And '#StopAnimalTesting' (59)
10:57 Appeals Court Says The First Amendment Protects Minnesota Woman's Right To Be Super-Shitty About Nearby Islamic School (68)
12:00 Elizabeth Warren Threatens Amazon For Selling Books Containing Misinformation; Perhaps Forgetting The 1st Amendment (49)
09:26 8th Circuit's Bizarre Ruling In Devin Nunes' SLAPP Suit Against Reporter Ryan Lizza (13)
10:43 Satire Site Gets Ridiculous Threat Letter From Baseball Team; cc's Barbra Streisand In Its Response (20)
12:12 Commentator Insists That Fact Checking Is An Attack On Free Speech (163)
13:34 Court: Just Because An Anonymous Yelp Reviewer Is Mean, Doesn't Mean You Get To Unmask The Reviewer (26)
12:06 Computer Repair Shop Owner Has To Pay Twitter's Legal Fees Over Bogus SLAPP Suit Regarding Hunter Biden's Laptop (108)
13:36 Report Shows DOJ Engaged In Selective Prosecution To Maximize Punishment For 'Black Lives Matter' Protesters (22)
16:02 Appeals Court Shuts Down Kansas' 30-Year-Old Ag Gag Law (23)
13:39 Ninth Circuit Affirms MSNBC's Anti-SLAPP Motion Against OAN Network's Bullshit Defamation Lawsuit (102)
10:51 Appeals Court Says Iowa's Ag-Gag Law Is About 50 Percent Constitutional (15)
13:45 Nassau County Executive Vetoes Bill That Would Punish People For Making Cops Feel Bad (15)
12:24 Shiva Ayyadurai Drops His Potentially Interesting Lawsuit About Massachusetts Officials Complaining To Twitter About Tweets (33)
12:03 President Of France Sues Citizen Over Billboard Comparing Macron To Hitler (20)
10:44 Top German Court Says Facebook Must Inform Users About Deleting Their Posts Or Suspending Their Account, Explain Why, And Allow Them To Respond (17)
10:44 Superior Court Dumps BS Charges Brought Against New Jersey Homeowner For Her 'Fuck Biden' Signs (20)
03:27 Appeals Court Denies Immunity To University Officials Who Apparently Banned A Christian Student Group Just Because They Didn't Like It (33)
More arrow
This site, like most other sites on the web, uses cookies. For more information, see our privacy policy. Got it