Physical contact with intent to annoy a cop would be a serious felony – get ready for the law that could be used against countless protesters. Via the Huffington Post:
The New York State Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would make it a felony to annoy a police officer. The bill would make aggravated harassment of a police officer a crime punishable by up to four years in prison, and so far, the effort has won praise from law enforcement officials.
“Professionally, I am grateful to see this bill pass through the Senate,” Utica Police Department Chief Mark Williams said in a statement. “Our police officers have a very dangerous job and need the support of our government leaders to help make them safe.”
However, the proposed law isn’t as bad as it sounds: Its language specifies that a person has to make “physical contact” with an officer in order for the action to be a crime.