Ky. lawmakers advance bill which would make it a crime to insult, taunt law enforcement officer in a provoking manner

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 29: Police in riot gear stand in formation during protests on May 29, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. Protests have erupted after recent police-related incidents resulting in the deaths of African-Americans Breonna Taylor in Louisville and George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 29:  Police in riot gear stand in formation during protests on May 29, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. Protests have erupted after recent police-related incidents resulting in the deaths of African-Americans Breonna Taylor in Louisville and George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY – MAY 29: Police in riot gear stood in formation during protests on May 29, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

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Lawmakers in Kentucky advanced a bill that would make it a crime to taunt or insult a law enforcement officer in a manner which could provoke a violent response.

The state Senate committee passed the legislation last week. Under the bill, the crime would be classified as a Class B misdemeanor.

The bill’s lead sponsor, Republican state Sen. Danny Carroll cited demonstrations in Louisville and other cities last year. The retired police officer said the goal of the bill is to protect first responders and the public.

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 29:  Police in riot gear stand in formation during protests on May 29, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. Protests have erupted after recent police-related incidents resulting in the deaths of African-Americans Breonna Taylor in Louisville and George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY – MAY 29: Police in riot gear stood in formation during protests on May 29, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

 

“If you see the riots, you see people getting in these officers faces, yelling in their ears, doing anything they can to provoke a violent response,” Carroll said.

Offenders would face up to 90 days in jail, or a fine up to $250. The bill is now heading to the full Senate for a vote, then to the House.

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