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Rochester Police will not enforce new first responder harassment law

Rochester Police will not enforce new first responder harassment law

WHECTV
Updated: December 04, 2019 12:41 PM
Created: December 04, 2019 12:38 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- Rochester Police Chief La'Ron Singletary says that he instructed his officers not to enforce a new first responder harassment law passed by the Monroe County Legislature.

The law makes it a crime if anyone annoys, alarms, or threatens the personal safety of a police officer, peace officer or first responder. Violators who are convicted could face up to a year in jail.

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In a statement, Chief Singletary says he made the decision after consulting the City of Rochester's corporation counsel. Chief Singletary says he has instructed officers not to enforce the law pending a legal review.

Chief Singletary added that state laws allow charges against a person who commits violence or criminal behavior against a first responder.

"As Chief, I firmly stand behind the notion that all First Responders deserve the right to be protected while at work and should not expect to be harmed simply because of the commitment made to protect their communities," Chief Singletary wrote.


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