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Insulting a police officer could soon become a crime in Kentucky

Added 03-05-21 04:17:02pm EST - “Bill would make it a crime to taunt a police officer to the point where it provokes a violent response” - Theblaze.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theblaze.com: “Insulting a police officer could soon become a crime in Kentucky”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Bill would make it a crime to taunt a police officer to the point where it provokes a violent response

A bill advancing out of a Kentucky Senate committee would make it a crime for people to insult a police officer to the point where it causes a "violent response," Fox News reported.

The bill advanced out of the committee Thursday on a 7-3 vote. The bill's sponsor, Sen. Danny Carroll (R), is a retired police officer who says that something needs to be done to prevent the escalation of "riotous behavior."

"In these riots, you see people getting up in officers' faces, yelling in their ears, doing everything they can to provoke a violent response," he said. "I'm not saying the officers do that, but there has to be a provision within that statute to allow officers to react to that. Because that does nothing but incite those around that vicinity, and it furthers and escalates the riotous behavior."

He added, "This country was built on lawful protest, and it's something that we must maintain — our citizens' right to do so. What this deals with are those who cross the line and commit criminal acts."

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