UPDATED 3:10 PM PT – Tuesday, March 9, 2021
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.
“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.