The Broome County Legislature is scheduled to meet November 21 and one item up for discussion is the First Responders Protection Act of 2019.


Bob Joseph/WNBF News [file][/caption]Chairman Daniel Reynolds has proposed the measure to allow charges to be brought against people who harass a law enforcement officer, firefighter or emergency medical technician doing their job at an incident scene.

A conviction could carry a one year sentence and/or a fine of up to $5,000. 

Meanwhile, harassing law enforcement is just what one group has in mind for the meeting of the Broome County Legislature.  Progressive Leaders of Tomorrow or “PLOT” issued a statement calling on members to gather for an “Annoy the Police Rally” in protest of deaths at the Broome County Jail.

The shadowy political group, whose members often conceal their faces with masks at protests, says it wants the legislature to reject the First Responders Protection Act claiming the measure is a tool for police to be able to “abuse residents.”

The notice gives advice to supporters about everything from finding parking to what to do if police start to arrest or “assault protesters” and urges members to film police actions but not those of demonstrators.

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