A new state bill would make it a hate crime to use physical force on a police officer — and its chief sponsor argued the past two years of Black Lives Matter demonstrations have made cops a target for violence.
Assemblyman Ronald Castorina, a Staten Island Republican, will debut a “Blue Lives Matter” bill tomorrow with his GOP colleagues. The measure would extend existing hate crime statutes — which currently only apply to attacks based on race, sexual orientation, religious affiliation and national origin — to cops as a class.
In an interview with the Observer, Castorina highlighted the recent assassinations of cops in Baton Rouge and Dallas, as well as the killings of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in 2014, as evidence police have become victimized as a profession. He also cited instances of violence against law enforcement at demonstrations, such as the assault on two officers patrolling a protest on the Brooklyn Bridge two years ago.