Kentucky bill will make it a crime to insult or taunt police officers

A proposed bill in Kentucky would make it a crime to insult or taunt a police officer to the point where it provokes a violent response.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Danny Carroll, is a retired police officer and says it’s a response to riots across the country last summer.

He said, “You see people getting up in officers’ faces, yelling in their ears, doing everything they can to provoke a violent response.”

Carroll continued, “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.”

An attorney with the ACLU of Kentucky responded, “the idea that the legislature would be criminalizing speech in such a way is offensive.”

Joe Kelley

News Director; Host of Orlando's Morning News

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