Jewish Group Denounces Nassau County Bill Giving Police “Protected Status”

Nassau County legislation that would allow police officers – who have already been given "protected class" status under the coun
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LONG ISLAND – Bend the Arc: Jewish Action Long Island released the following statement on Thursday in response to Nassau County legislation that would allow police officers – who have already been given "protected class" status under the county's human rights law – to sue people for up to $50,000 if they feel "harassed.”

“Giving police officers ‘protected status’ in the same category as historically marginalized communities – including groups often targeted by the police – is an insult to those fighting for justice and equity in our community,” said Paula Frome of Bend the Arc: Jewish Action Long Island. “Even worse, this legislation is an unconstitutional attempt to intimidate and silence necessary protests against police violence, and sets a dangerous precedent about who can and can’t express their voices in the face of injustice. Nassau County Executive Laura Curran must veto this shameful legislation.”

Bend the Arc: Jewish Action is uniting a movement of tens of thousands of progressive Jews across the country who are fighting for justice and equality for all. We are the only national Jewish organization focused exclusively on social change in the United States.

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