Updated: Nov 8
We are a long way from a pail of water.
When it was “just” water being thrown on cops last summer, many of my Democratic colleagues in the state Legislature thought I was overreacting when I introduced legislation to protect our hard-working law enforcement officers from such assaults.
After all, many figured, it was just water, and challenging the notion that it was, again, “just” harmless agitators looking to vent some stress of summer heat was not necessarily a hill anyone was willing to die for, at least not then.
Then came the milk. Then came spit, bats, bricks, Molotov cocktails, and a whole host of other deadly weapons being used, as recently as last week, against both rank-and-file and high-ranking officers.
We went from water to serious if not grievous injury in a New York minute everywhere and the killing of police, including ambushes, in a number of localities.
My point in introducing the legislation last year was not merely to stop water from being thrown on cops. It was to restore what could already be identified as a growing disregard for the rule of law and those in blue who swear an oath to uphold the law.